Mikane-jinja Shrine, Kyoto
“Mikane-jinja Shrine” was a shrine that originally gained beneficial properties related to metals and minerals. It is a shrine which is rapidly increasing in popularity as a sacred place which exerts powerful power to money luck now because of full of the character of “Gold”, gold straps of the bell, golden torii, and so on. Why don’t you share in the good luck of the power of a golden shrine?
In a quiet residential area near the Nijojo castle in Kyoto, it suddenly appears. It is unusual in the country such as golden torii and combines gorgeous atmosphere. It is lighted up at night and it is fantastic as if inviting to a different space.
Actually, this torii was originally made of wood. It was broken by the influence of the typhoon, and it was rebuilt into the iron once. At that time, the old gold-beater of over 300 years in Kyoto dedicated the gold leaf. Furthermore, it was the beginning of golden torii that gave “special paint that does not discolor even outdoors”. Since then, it began to draw attention in a matter of time. Now it is famous as the sacred place of luck-with-money up.
Kaneyamahikonokami, who is the prince of Izanagi and Izanami appearing in Japanese mythology, is the enshrined of this shrine. Kaneyamahikonokami is god who gives benefits to mines, minerals, metals (swords, mirrors, plows, hoes, etc.). Such a shrine is rare, it is the only one here in Japan. Currently it is said that there are wide benefits such as printing machine, factory machinery and iron, uranium and plutonium, and gold, silver and copper used for currency.
Many Ema (a votive horse tablet) are dedicated in the precincts of the shrine. When you look closely at the Ema, it has the shape of a ginkgo. In the back of Mikane-jinja Shrine’s main hall, there is the ginkgo tree which is said to be “Shinboku” (the sacred tree), and from that, it seems that the Ema uses the shape of the ginkgo as a motif. A lot of Ema in the shape of this ginkgo is dedicated in the precincts.
|Address:||Oshinishinotoincho 614 Kyoto Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0042 Japan|
|Access:||Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai-sen Line “Karasumaoike-eki Station” (6 minutes walk)|