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)|