Oharano, Kyoto

Lying south-west of the old city of Kyoto and on the slopes of Mount Oshio, Oharano is the scene of an imperial procession and a hunt in the Royal Outing chapter of The Tale of Genji.

Oharano Jinja Shrine

Oharano Shrine.

When the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784, the Fujiwara clan invited their tutelary god to move to a new shrine at Oharano. The god accepted and entered the capital riding on the back of a deer.

Oharano Jinja Shrine Deer

A stone deer in the Oharano Shrine courtyard.

Oharano Lily Pond

The pond at Oharano Shrine.

Oharano Wisteria

Wisteria blooming outside Shohoji temple.

Yoshimine-dera temple and Jurin-ji temple are also in the Oharano area, southwest of Kyoto.