A small Shinto shrine partway up Mt. Kurama, Yuki-jinja seems to embody the true spirit of Shinto: the reverence for the awesome power of nature.
Yuki jinja shrine in Kurama
Most Shinto shrines in Japan have torii (vermillion Shinto shrine gates) in front of their main halls. But Yuki-jinja outdoes them all by having a natural torii in front of its main hall: an enormous Kitayama sugi (cedar) tree. You enter the shrine by climbing a flight of steps that passes beneath this tree. You can almost feel the power as you pass between these ancient sentinel. Yuki-jinja is the “patron shrine” of the famous Kurama-no-Himatsuri (Kurama Fire Festival), that takes place every October.
1073 Kurama Honmachi, Sakyo-ku
Non-smoking area: Yes
10min walk from Kurama Station, Eizan line
Official Website (Japanese)
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