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Shiramine Shrine

Travel Information

Shiramine Shrine (白峰神宮) is located in the middle of Kyoto city. It was established in 1868. It is known as the birthplace of Japanese football. There fore many footballs, soccer player worship this shrine.

Visitor's info.
There is no parking or restroom.

Access
0. at Kyoto Station.
1. use a local bus to Horikawa Imadegawa.
2. walk


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Detailed Travel Guide

Shiramine Shrine
Shiramine Shrine enshrines Emperor Sudoku and Emperor Junin. Following the last wishes of his father Emperor Komei, the Meiji Emperor brought peace to the spirit of Emperor Sudoku in 1868 by building this shrine and bringing the deity from Shiramine, in Kagawa Prefecture. Emperor Sutoku was exited to what is now Kagawa Prefecture after the Hogen era of the 12th century.

In 1873, Emperor Junnin was enshrined here alongside Emperor Sutoku. Emperor Junnin was exited to Awaji Island following a power struggled between the priest Dokyo and Emi-no-Oshikatsu during the Nara period.

The shrine stands on the site of the residence of the Askai clan, which is credited with the creation of the ancient football game called Kemari and the Japanese style of poetry known as Waka. The guardian deity of the clan was Mari, Ball, Seidaimyojin, Who is today revered by lovers of ball sports.