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Yasuikonpira-gu Shrine

Name 安井金比羅宮 / Yasuikonpira-gu Shrine
Adress Shimobentencho70, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0823
Hours Open 9:00~17:30

The history of the shrine begins at the time of reign of the 38th Emperor Tenchi (668 to 671 C.E.), when Kamatari Fujiwara established the shrine, to pray for prosperity of the clan and eternal continuation of his descendants. planted purple wisteria and called it Fujidera (The Temple of Wisteria).

 The 75th Emperor Sutoku ( reigned 1123-1141) who was especially fond of this wisteria, repaired the temple buildings in 1146 and had his favorite consort Awa no Naishi live there.

 The retired emperor Sutoku was defeated during the Hogen Rebellion (1156) and passed away in the land of Sanuki (present day Kagawa Prefecture). His consort Awa no Naishi worshipped in the Kannon Hall of the temple the portrait, drawn in his own hand, that she had received from the emperor.

 In 1177, when a Buddhist priest Daien stayed in the temple, the emperor Sutoku appeared before him, showing him a vision of the prosperity of ancient times. This event was immediately reported to the monk-emperor Goshirakawa and the Kanshōji, that was built by his imperial order, is said to be the origin of our shrine.

 The temple Kōmyōin Kanshōji was devastated by fire spread by armies during the Ōnin Rebellion (1467-1477). However in 1695, the Rengekōin, originally located at Uzumasa Yasui (Ukyo Ward of Kyoto City) was moved to the present site. As shrine deities, alonside the emperor Sutoku, Ōmononushi no Kami (transferred from Konpira Shrine in the land of Sanuki) and prince Yorimasa Minamoto were enshrined here. The shrine then became known as “Yasui Konpiragu”.

 After the Meiji Restoration (1868) the name Rengekōin was abandoned and the name of the shrine was changed first to “ Yasui Jinja” and later to “ Yasui Konpiragu” by which it is known today.


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