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Mikane Shrine, Kyoto: Video Introduction

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If you venture away from the office district of Karasuma-Oike Street (烏丸御池通り, Karasuma-Oike-dori) in Nakagyo, Kyoto, you'll come across a golden torii gate. This is Mikane Shrine, a hidden gem and famous power spot for receiving blessings of wealth in Kyoto.

The shrine is illuminated at night, creating a fantastic atmosphere that stands out from the rest of the city. The ginko-shaped ema plaques on the shrine grounds are filled with prayers asking for a winning lottery ticket. Check out the fantastic atmosphere of Mikane Shrine illuminated in the darkness in the video below.

More About Mikane Shrine

Image of Mikane Shrine, Kyoto
Photo:Mikane Shrine, Kyoto

Mikane Shrine is written "御金神社" in Japanese. Mikane Shrine worships three deities: Kanayamahiko no Mikoto (a god of gold mines), Amaterasu, and Tsukiyomi no Mikoto.

Originally a private shrine belonging to a residence, Mikane Shrine attracted many worshippers, and with the support of the neighborhood, the present shrine building was erected.
The shrine was located near a street with many metal working craftsmen, and just like in Tokyo, ginza and kinza (gold and silver mint) were established by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Because of this, the shrine is believed to protect currency, such as gold, silver, and copper, as well as metals, jewelry, and minerals, and is said to bring various benefits related to money, such as economic fortune and success in business.

The sacred ginkgo tree represents "prosperity and development" because it does not wither in any environment, and the leaves of the ginkgo tree represent "endless growth" because of their shape that spreads out in all directions. Furthermore, although it takes time for one gingko to bear fruit, once it does, it bears many fruits, so it is believed that this is true for the wishes the shrine grants as well.

In addition, the leaves of the sacred gingko tree are distributed by the shrine to worshipers because of their golden color. Since the sacred tree is loved by many worshippers and is thought to bring them good luck, the shrine's ema plaques and amulets are also shaped like ginkgo leaves.
Many visitors wash their money in the hand-washing basins at Mikane Shrine, but this is not a formal way of worship, rather a unique practice by visitors to the shrine. Therefore, it's important to keep in mind that the temizuya (chozuya) are originally for washing hands and mouths when visiting a shrine.

Lucky Wallets and Golden-Leafed Seals at Mikane Shrine

Image of Mikane Shrine's ema plaques
Photo:Mikane Shrine's ema plaques

At Mikane Shrine, many people come to pray for economic prosperity, and there are a large number of money-related items available as souvenirs.

Among them, the fuku-tsutsumi mamori (福包み守り, lit. "Lucky wrap charm"), commonly known as a "lucky wallet" is one of the most popular. It's made of yellow cloth, a good color for economic fortune, and each one is hand-stamped with gold leaf. Because they're made of cloth, they're less suited for everyday use, and better for storing important items such as bankbooks and lottery tickets. Since they are handmade in limited numbers, it's said to be good luck if you manage to get your hands on one.

In addition to lucky wallets, shuin stamps are also popular at Mikane Shrine. The standard shuin stamps are also unique, featuring the kanji 金 (kin, "gold") in gold. However, the limited-quantity gold leaf shuin stamp features a ginkgo tree stamped in gold leaf, and those who are lucky enough to receive are said to be exceptionally lucky. The shuin stamps come as they are, and cannot be written in a special collection book.

Praying for That New Year's Lottery Win? Check Out Mikane Shrine

Image of Japan's Jumbo Lottery
Photo:Japan's Jumbo Lottery

Because Mikane Shrine is popular among locals as well as tourists, long lines form during the year-end and New Year's holidays. Especially during the New Year's holiday, it's likely to be at least an hour-long wait. We recommend visiting the shrine early in the morning or at night when there are fewer people.

Mikane Shrine is illuminated and open all day long, but there are many private homes in the vicinity of the shrine. Please be sure to visit the shrine in a way that does not disturb the residents of the neighborhood. To get to Mikane Shrine, it's an approximately 5-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Line.

As with other shrines, it's common practice to bow before the torii gate, wash your hands, and rinse out your mouth at the chozuya. The bell at Mikane Shrine is set up in such a way that it does not disturb the nearby residents. Even if the bell doesn't ring, do not forcefully try to make it do so. After the standard two bows and two claps to greet the deities of the shrine, make your wish and give a final bow. This way you can respect both the gods of the shrine and the nearby residents.

Summary of Mikane Shrine, Kyoto

Mikane Shrine has become famous as a spiritual power spot as well as a place to pray for wealth and fortune. The shrine, which has long been loved by locals and was built with their help, has now become a tourist attraction loved by both tourists and people from all over Japan.
It's said that just by using the golden torii gate of Mikane Shrine as your lock screen image, it can bring economic fortune, and many people can be seen taking pictures in front of the golden torii gate. The golden torii gate is also popular on Instagram due to its flashy, photogenic appearance.

If you visit Kyoto as a tourist, consider stopping by Mikane Shrine to pray for wealth! A quiet visit to the shrine may bring you good luck. Just remember to be considerate of the local residents. The gods may be moved by your prayers and make your wishes come true...

◆Mikane Shrine◆
【Address】614 Oshinishitoincho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0042
【Shrine Office Hours】10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Subway: A 5-minute walk from Exit 2 of Karasuma-Oike Station on the Karasuma Subway Line, or Exit 2 of Nijojo-mae Station on the Tozai Subway Line
City Bus: A 5-minute walk from the Nijojo-mae (二条城前), Horikawa-Oike (堀川御池), and Shinmachi Oike (新町御池) bus stops

【TripAdvisor】Mikane Shrine

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Last Updated : Dec. 26, 2022
平敷 篤(Atsushi Heishiki)
My name is Atsushi Heishiki, a writer who loves Japanese culture and lives in Okinawa.
Mikane Shrine, Kyoto – A Golden Torii Gate & Blessings of Wealth at This Hidden Gem Surrounded By Offices in Kyoto
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