• What are the opening hours of the shrine office?

  • The shrine office is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • What are the hours for purchasing shrine goods?

  • A variety of Mikane Shrine fortune goods, including ofuda, goshuin, omamori charms, and omikuji fortune slips, are available at the “Omamori & Omikuji booth: from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • About the Fukututumi mamori lucky wallet charm

  • Fukututumi mamori lucky wallet charm features a real gold leaf stamp of the Mikane shrine’s crest, beautifully crafted by skilled artisans. Due to this process, the quantity available is limited. However, every effort is made to provide wallet charms to as many visitors as possible for those seeking to obtain them.
    Thank you for your patience.

  • About the Otakara-koban charm

  • The Otakara-koban is not in strap form, it is an omamori charm intended to be stored in wallets, purses, bags, or other similar items and carried with you. Inside, there is a charm in the shape of an oval gold coin from the Edo period called Koban. It is recommended to keep it sealed.

  • About Goshuin

  • At Mikane Shrine, goshuin are offered on pre-written sheets and are not directly inscribed in the goshuin book.
    Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

  • Can I get a Goshuin Book at Mikane Shrine?

  • Unfortunately, Mikane Shrine does not offer Goshuin books.
    Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • Can I get ofuda or charms from Mikane Shrine through mail order or online shopping?

  • Fortune goods, including ofuda, goshuin, charms, and omikuji fortune slips from Mikane Shrine are not available for purchase through online platforms. It is strongly recommended to exercise caution when encountering them on any online platforms, as they may be imitations or sold by unauthorized vendors.

  • What should be done with used ofuda or omamori charms?

  • In Shinto, it is a general practice to return the old ofuda or charms after one year of receiving the divine protection from the deity and receive new ones. While it is recommended to return them to the shrine where they were originally obtained, it is acceptable to return them to any shrine in the country. The used ofuda and omamori are ritually purified at Setsubun festival and respectfully burned at the shrine.

    You may keep the old ofuda and charms until your wish is granted, or you may keep them if they have fulfilled your wish. While it is recommended to receive the new ones, there are no strict rules in this regard.

  • Why is the character “金“ (gold/money) on the gold medal inside the Mikane mikuji fortune slip upside down?

  • When the upper part of the kanji character “金” (人) is turned upside down, it forms the shape of ‘Suehirogari’. This shape carries an auspicious meaning of inviting good fortune, prosperity, and receiving blessings, and financial fortune.
    With this story behind it, the character “金”is intentionally inverted.

  • Can I get a leaf from the sacred 200-year-old ginkgo tree at Mikane Shrine?

  • Yes, visitors are welcome to take home golden leaves in the fall. However, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the distribution of ginkgo leaves is currently being suspended.

  • Regarding the purification of money at shrine’s water basin.

  • In recent years, it has been observed that visitors purify their coins and bills at the Temizuya water basin. However, it is essential to note that the traditional purpose of the Temizuya water basin is to wash hands and rinse the mouth to purify oneself before worship, and purifying money is not original part of the customs practiced at shrines.

  • Is there a restroom at Mikane shrine?

  • There is no restroom facility at Mikane Shrine.
    Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Is there parking at Mikane Shrine?

  • Mikane Shrine is located in a residential neighborhood and does not offer on-site parking. However, there are coin-operated parking nearby, although space is limited. It is recommended to utilize public transportation when visiting.
    Important Note: Kindly refrain from parking on the street at any time, as it inconveniences residents and disrupts traffic flow.
    Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  • What is there to do around Mikane Shrine?

  • Located in the heart of the city, Mikane Shrine offers convenient access to cultural treasures. The historical landmark, Nijyo Castle is just a 5-minute walk away, and the Imperial Palace can be reached in approximately 14-minute on foot. An enjoyable attraction, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, is just a 6-minute walk away. It is easy to find dining options, hotels, and commercial shops in this neighborhood, providing delightful opportunities for exploration.

    For further inquiries, please contact the Mikane Shrine office at
    Tel: (075) 222-2062
    Office hours: 10:00-16:00
    Kindly note that communication within the office hours is greatly appreciated.

Cautionary Notice:
Mikane Shrine is a small shrine located in a residential area. When visiting the shrine, please kindly refrain from engaging in any activities that may cause inconvenience to the residents, passengers, or disrupt traffic.
When photographing of the torii gate: Please be mindful of the neighboring houses.
When waiting in line for worship: Please be considerate of your surroundings and refrain from playing outdoor smartphone games that may disturb others in the neighborhood.

Please be aware that the following actions can cause significant inconvenience to the residents:
• Having loud conversations
• Walking in the middle of the street
• Littering and street parking
• Making noise by opening and closing car doors
• Stepping into private properties of nearby apartments or buildings

Please note that the harmful or inappropriate behavior may be reported.
Kindly pay attention in this matter, as your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.