In this article, we’ve put together a list of love shrines and holy places to visit in Japan, which can hopefully help you in the romance department, whether you’re single, in a relationship, or happily married.
Jishu Shrine (Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City)
Try your luck at the stone of love fortune-telling! For the love you want to have come true, ask for a special prayer for marriage!
Jishu Shrine, famous for matchmaking, has two pairs of "love fortune-telling stones" on its grounds.
It is said that if you can safely reach the other stone with your eyes closed, your wish for love will come true.
Many people from Japan and abroad visit the shrine to see the stones, as they are said to be highly beneficial for the fulfillment of good relationships.
It is also important to note that there are many types of marriage charms to suit all kinds of love problems, including those for those who are in one-sided or two-sided love as well as those for those who do not yet love someone and those who want to get married.
Those who wish for new encounters and good marriages are encouraged to write their wishes wholeheartedly on the "Koi no Gakkake Ema" (wish tablet for love). For those who wish to strengthen their relationship with their partner or get back together with their partner, it is recommended to pray for a special match-making ceremony.
Pray for the fulfillment of a good marriage by making a pilgrimage to the three shrines and writing a request in the "Kubunbun" (a written request for a good marriage).
Kibune Shrine is located deep in the mountains of Kurama and Kibune, and is worshiped as the god of water and the god of marriage.
Kibune Shrine is well known for its good luck in love, including match-making, breakups, and reconciliation.
When visiting the shrine for the fulfillment of a good marriage, please make a pilgrimage to the three shrines in the following order: Hongu (main shrine), Okumiya (inner shrine), and Nakamiya (connecting shrine).
It is said that if you write your wish on a long, thin, green "Kotsubun," sacred writing, tie it at the Knotting Shrine, and pray, your wish will come true.