Kyoto Okazaki Shrine!
Okazaki Shrine is located in Kyoto City, near Heian Jingu Shrine and it is famous for praying for safety, attachment, and the elimination of misfortunes.
There are a few shrines in the area with considerable meaning, so be sure to spend time looking around and pray for good fortune with the rabbits.
This weeping cherry tree was planted in the front area for all to view in the spring. Just on the day of the visit, the cherry blossoms were blooming at the shrine, creating a beautiful and unique atmosphere!
Black rabbits and praying for security.
Okazaki Shrine sells many types of trinkets, mainly to pray for safety, but also to pray for marriage. The prices vary according to the item.
Because the patron saint of the Okazaki Shrine is a rabbit, many statues of rabbits can be seen around the territory. A rabbit image is also printed on the lantern in the rear.
The wooden plaques are used as a prayer, and people’s wishes are written on the back. The plaques of Okazaki Shrine’s painted with rabbits are the main image. The pink rope and seal on the side is for safety and are also hung around the shrine.
In the center of the washing fountain there is a large black rabbit statue made from stone. It is said that if you put the water on his stomach you will be blessed with safety.
Standing side by side!
In the center of the area, two rows of rabbits are standing. They have an expression that is very pleasing, but the words “Ozaki Shrine” are engraved on the back. They are so cute!
Although the Okazaki Shrine is mainly for praying for security, the rabbits you can purchase are also to pray for peace and harmony in the family. They can be purchased by both men and women, so you don’t have to worry about buying the wrong one!
The rabbit statues are divided into two kinds, white and pink colored versions, each costing 500 yen. They will be loaded into a paper bag that is included in the purchase for you to take home. If you like rabbits or collect special trinkets from all over Japan, you should come to Okazaki Shrine and take one of the rabbits home with you.
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Address: 51, Okazaki, Hirokazu-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions: About 5 minutes on foot from the Heian Shrine, or take the Kyoto City Bus No. 32, 203, 93, 204 and get off at the “Okazaki Shrine” stop
Opening hours: 24 hours, Sales Office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Website: Okazaki Shrine (Japanese)