Kifune Shrine is located along the Kibune River and is dedicated to the god of water. Away from the urban area of Kyoto, the shrine is filled with fresh greenery and clean air, and is said to have already existed here 1,300 years ago. The shrine is always crowded with worshippers seeking the blessings of "hydromancy" and matchmaking, as well as tourists who come to see the beautiful seasonal scenery, including the autumn leaves.
Kurama and Kibune
Kurama and Kibune, called Kyoto's back room, is an area with a rich history that has appeared in many waka poems and literary works since ancient times. Kuramadera Temple, located on the hillside of Mt. Kurama, where the legend of Kurama Tengu and Ushiwakamaru still remains, and Kifune Shrine, located at the foot of Mt. Kibune, are the two major power spots in the area. Kawadoko (river beds) are served in summer at ryokan and ryotei (Japanese-style restaurants) along the Kibune River, which flows between the two mountain valleys, offering coolness and comfort to worshippers and hikers.