Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nonomiya-jinja Shrine (Shrine in the Country) - Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

In the lovely area of Arashiyama you can find this quaint little Shrine called Nonomiya-jinja or Shrine. It is also called the Shrine in the Country and it is a Shinto Shrine. 
During the Heian period of Japan, imperial princesses would stay at the Nonomiya Shrine for a year or more to purify themselves before they are able to represent the imperial family at the Ise Shrine.
Also the famous literature, The Tales of Genji, the shrine appears in chapter 10!

It was a nice stop when you are walking throguh the bamboo groves of Arashiyama. It is a very small shrine but is quite popular.

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