Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins (Gion Matsuri,location,history)

Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins, Gion Matsuri

The information about Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins is presented here. It is said that the name “Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins” comes from “Shosho-i well” in the garden of the residence of the poet Shoshoi no Ama (nun). Shosho-i well is mentioned as one of the famous wells of Heian-kyo in the 168th chapter of Sei Shonagon’s essay “Makura no Soshi (Middle Heian period)” .

【Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins Location Map & Directions】

Address: Shoshoi Otabi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access (How to get there): Sabway Marutamachi station (about 5 minutes on foot)

【Opening Hours & Closed (confirmation required)】

Opening Hours: free
Closed: open year round

【Entrance Fees & Tickets (confirmation required)】

Individual: free

【Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins History】

The origin of Shoshoi Otabisho (少将井御旅所) is not clear. Shoshoi Otabisho was a place where Shoshoi Mikoshi (portable shrine) was enshrined during the portable shrine procession at Gion Matsuri Festival. Shoshoi Mikoshi (portable shrine) carries the divine spirit of Harisainyo (Kushiinadahime-no-mikoto), the wife of Gozutenno (Susano-no-mikoto). According to “Kanekuni Hyakushu Wakasho” by Urabe Kanekuni (Yoshida Kanekuni), a Shintoist of the Muromachi period (1336-1573), it is said that Shoshoi Mikoshi (portable shrine) was placed in the girder of Shosho-i well” to prevent the spread of epidemic diseases. In 1591, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603), Shoshoi Otabisho was merged with Omandokoro Otabisho and moved to the present Yasaka Shrine Otabisho by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Later, a small shrine (Tenno-sha Shrine) was enshrined there, but in 1877, the small shrine (Shoshoi Shrine) was moved to the grounds of Munakata Shrine, which is located in the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.
★According to shrine legend, Munakata Shrine (宗像神社) was founded in 795, when the court noble Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu, by order of the 50th Emperor Kanmu, invited Munakata-no-kami of Chikuzen (Fukuoka) as a deity to protect the imperial palace and enshrined Munakata-no-kami in Fuyutsugu’s residence, Sho-Ichijoin. It was destroyed by fire during the Onin War (1467-1477), but was later rebuilt. The current shrine building was built during the Ansei period (1855-1860), but when the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869, only the shrine building was left standing. Munakata Shrine enshrines Munakata Sanjoshin (Tagorihime-no-mikoto, Tagitsuhime-no-mikoto, and Ichikishimahime-no-mikoto) as its main deity, along with Uganomitama-no-kami and Amenoiwatoake-no-kami.
*reference・・・Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins website

【Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins Highlights (May be undisclosed)】

★Shoshoi Shrine, which is a branch shrine of Munakata Shrine, enshrines the deity Kushiinadahime-no-mikoto.
★A bronze plaque with the history of the Shosho well hangs on the wall on the west side of the Kyoto Shimbun building. A stone monument to the Shosho well is also erected in front of a private house on the east side of the Kyoto Shimbun building.

【Events (confirmation required)】

★At Shoshoi Shrine, which is a branch shrine of Munakata Shrine, the priests of Yasaka Shrine offer sacred food and report on Gion Matsuri Festival on July 24th when Latter Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade) and Kanko-sai are held. On the same day, July 24th, three portable shrines (Nakagoza Mikoshi, Higashigoza Mikoshi, and Nishigoza Mikoshi) stop at Omandokoro Otabisho and Omandokoro Hairei is held.
●Gion Matsuri Festival 2024 will start on July 1st, 2024 and end on July 31st, 2024.
Gion Matsuri Festival Schedule (July 1st-31st)

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【Recommended Walking Route】

The recommended walking route from Shoshoi Otabisho Ruins is north to Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Munakata Shrine. A 5-minute walk will take you to Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Kyoto Gyoen National Garden is not only home to the Munakata Shrine, but also the Kyoto Imperial Palace, as well as seasonal plants that you can enjoy walking around. If you head south on Karasuma-dori, you will find Omandokoro Otabisho along the way, and a visit to Omandokoro Otabisho is also recommended.

【Remarks(access, parking, disclaimer, etc)】
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