Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kyoto

Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine is on Mount Otoko at Yawata-shi, about 20 minutes by train southwest of Kyoto. In The Jeweled Chaplet chapter of The Tale of Genji, Lady Tamakazura is sent to the shrine to pray for assistance.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine Flags Kyoto

The main shrine and inner courtyard of the Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine.

Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu was the tutelary shrine of the Minamoto (Genji) clan, to which Genji belonged. Hachiman was the Shinto god of war and god of archery.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine Maiden Kyoto

Shrine maiden at Iwashimizu Hachimangu.

The author of The Confessions of Lady Nijo also belonged to the Minamoto clan. In 1273, she visited the shrine to pray for her father's soul, and in 1291 - by then a nun - she visited again and ran into her former lover, Retired Emperor Go-Fukakusa.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine Lanterns Kyoto

Stone lanterns line the approach to the tutelary shrine of the Minamoto (Genji) clan.

The popular shrine is particularly atmospheric when deserted.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine Stone Lantern Kyoto

A stone lantern in the courtyard of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine Arrows Kyoto

Two arrows stand beside this path to the shrine of the God of War.