Dedicated to the rain god Takaokami-no-kami, Kibune Shrine (貴船神社) was a middle-ranking shrine at which official offerings were made. Under the Heian Period’s Engi classification system, it enjoyed the highest rank of Myojin Taisha, and Imperial envoys were sure to visit the shrine with prayers and offerings in the event of drought, excessive rainfall, or other national emergencies. Starting in 818, court prayers indicate that the shrine’s deity came to be worshipped exclusively as a god who could sent or stop rain, with offerings of black horses associated with prayers for rain and white or red horses associated with prayers for clear weather.
Before being moved to its current location in 1055, the shrine’s main worship hall was located on a rise next to the Kifune River at the site of the current inner shrine.
The shrine is well known for a visit by Heian Period poet Izumi Shikibu, who prayed for reconciliation with her husband, the couple later resolved their differences.
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Keywords:Japan, Kibune shrine, Kyoto, New-year, Shinto, Shōgatsu, 正月, 貴船