Woodland Kyoto

Izumo Dai-jingu Shrine

Izumo Dai-jingu Shrine was the most important shrine in what was once known as Tamba Province. Princess Mihotsu is the deity enshrined here, and because she was sent by the sun goddess Amaterasu to be the bride of the god Okuninushi, she has become famous as a god of matchmaking. The main shrine building is said to have been built by Ashikaga Takauji (the first shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate), and it is an Important Cultural Property. The Izumo Furyu Hana-odori dances, held annually on April 18th, are said to be Shinto rituals to bring rain, and they see an elaborate display of traditional flower hats, noble clothing from ages past, and white tabi socks on the dancers as they move to drum beats.

Chitose Izumo, Chitose-cho, Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture
From Kameoka Station on the JR Sagano Line, take the Kameoka City Furusato Bus to "Izumo Shrine" bus stop (approx. a 15 minute ride).
Available, free