Located in Muko City in the Otokuni Bamboo Grove area of Kyoto Prefecture, Muko shrine is an ancient shrine founded in 718 and is said to be a shrine for good harvest, academic achievement, and traffic safety.
Originally, there were two shrines on Muko Mountain、and they were later combined into one shrine and given the name “Muko shrine” that it goes by today. The main shrine, built in 1422 (Oei 29), was built in the “Sangensha Nagare-zukuri” style (three-bay wide structure with a gable roof) and has been designated as a national important cultural property.
A gentle cobblestone slope extends from the entrance gate to the main shrine. In spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom on both sides of the over 200m path and in fall the changing autumn leaves turn the path into a colorful tunnel of red and orange.
What’s more, in April every year the "Sakura Festival" is held with events such as flower arrangement exhibitions, koto and drum performances, and bonfires are lit at night to create a different way to experience the cherry blossom from the daytime. In addition, the "Fire Festival" is held in October where Gomagi wood is burned to pray for a disease-free life and happiness.
- 65 Kitayama, Muko-cho, Muko City, Kyoto Prefecture
- 10 minute walk from Nishi-muko Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line
- Business Hours
- Grounds open 24 hours a day
Office Reception: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Number of regular vehicles: 10 spaces available (fee: Free)