“Atago Jinja Shrine” is located at the top of Mount Atago at an altitude of 924 meters, located northwest of Kyoto city in Kyoto. It is a famous spot visited by climbers and worshipers from all over Japan.
An amulet of “charm against fire” that you can get at Atago Jinja Shrine is said to protect people from fires by sticking it to your home kitchen or kitchen of a restaurant. In addition, during the summer night “Sennichi-mairi” (Events to worship from July 31 to August 1), many Kyoto citizens will visit Atago Jinja Shrine on the summit. Atago Jinja Shrine has long been loved by people in Kyoto.
Atago Mountain is counted as one of the 300 famous mountains in Japan, and is one of the most popular mountains in Kyoto Prefecture. Because it is a well-developed mountain trail, even beginners can safely walk on the worship road that is worthy of climbing.
Beginners and those who are not confident in their physical fitness are satisfied just by climbing Atago Mountain. The “Omotesando Course” is particularly easy to walk on a well-developed wide mountain trail, so if you are not familiar with climbing the mountain, you should climb this course.
However, since it is a mountain with an altitude of 900 m or higher, you should dress up for hiking. It is recommended to go to the shrine with hiking shoes etc. for climbing clothes.
By the way, there is Tsukinowadera Temple ahead of Atago Jinja Shrine. After climbing to Atago Jinja Shrine, the return is not back on the same road, but you can also descend to Tsukinowadera Temple. Tsukinowadera Temple is near 560 meters above sea level and is also a tourist attraction in Atago Mountain. Tsukinowadera Temple is also a sacred place, where Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) is the principal image. This is another recommended spot.
Atago Jinja Shrine takes about 2 hours to climb to the summit. From Atago Jinja Shrine to Tsukinowadera Temple is about 30 minutes. Climbing takes 4 to 5 hours on a round trip. The time to visit the shrine is from 9:00 in the morning to 17:00 in the evening. Let’s visit with plenty of time.
Introducing access information. From Kyoto Station, head to Japan Railway Saga Arashiyama Station or Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station. If you use Japan Railway, go from Saga Arashiyama Station to Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station. It takes about 10 minutes on foot. Then, at the bus terminal in front of Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station, get on lines 62 and 72 and get off at Kiyotaki Bus Stop.
To use the bus from Kyoto Station, take the route 72 of the bus terminal in front of Kyoto Station. Since it takes about 50 minutes to get on the bus, it will be a long-distance bus movement. Mountain climbing takes time, so you should leave as early as possible.
Atago Jinja Shrine in Kyoto is on the top of the mountain, so you can enjoy a beautiful view while climbing. From the summit, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains. In addition, you can overlook the city of Kyoto on the way down to Tsukinowadera Temple and enjoy the superb view.
Climbing to Atago Jinja Shrine takes about 2 hours one way. When descending from the Tsukinowadera Temple area, there are many points where you can see beautiful scenery. If you have physical strength and time, please visit. You can have a fulfilling day.
It is said that there are about 900 “Atagojinja Shrine” nationwide, and its total main shrine is located at the summit of Mt. Atago in Sagano Kyoto.
Mt. Atago has gathered faith alongside Mt. Hiei as a mountain in Kyoto from the Middle Ages. Its origin is old, it is said that it was opened as a priest ‘s practice dojo in about 700 AD. The visit to Atagojinja Shrine which is settled at the summit was a popular worship course of people as “Atago-mode” (a pilgrimage to the Atago Shrine). At that time, it was popular enough to be sung in a song, “Seven times to Ise, three times to Kumano, every month to Atago san”. It seems that ancient people were absorbed in Mt. Atago as they visited Atago every month.
It is called “Sennichi-mairi” to visit to pray from the night of July 31 to the early morning of August 1, and it is supposed that there is divine favor of the fire prevention for 1000 days. Even now it is said that tens of thousands of worshipers will fill the approach path this time every year.
A pilgrimage to the Atago Shrine allows you to charge energy from nature as you climb. While climbing you can gradually forget about various things in everyday life. You will just think about climbing. Hundreds of years ago, stepping on the same road where many people were climbing. Aim at the shrine and abolish your mind. Although it is not an easy distance, when you arrive at a shrine, a sense of accomplishment is large.
The Atagojinja shrine in Sagano, Kyoto is known as the head shrine of Atagojinja which is approximately 900 in the all over Japan. It is in Mount Atago which is the sacred mountain of the highest in Kyoto-shi and draws many worshippers for a long time.
From the local person of Kyoto, it was called “Atago-san” and has been loved.
The amulet of “Hi no yojin” (watch out for fire), which can be seen in the kitchen of each homes and a restaurant, etc. in Osaka and Kyoto, is especially famous.
Sennichi tsuya-sai (from evening of July 31 to early morning of August 1: Commonly called (Sennichi-mairi) to prevent fires for 1000-day, and gain merit is also very famous.
Atagojinja Shrrine needs to climb the mountain, in order to visit to pray, since it is on the top of the mountain (924 m).
Although there are three approach trailheads, Kiyotaki (Omotesando trailhead) is recommended for the first person to reach.
“Sennichi-mairi” is the annual event that tens of thousands of worshipers come from the whole country every year.
If the child until 3 years old goes, it is said that the child gets virtue to avoid from a fire disaster throughout the life.
This place is separated a few from the inside of a capital city and since it is necessary to climb the mountain, and is not a place which can go freely.
It is a long journey taking a day thinking about the distance until a break and return to home.
|Address:||Sagaatagocho 1 Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8458 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanin-honsen Line “Saga-Arashiyama-eki Station” (50 minutes by car then 90 minutes walk)|