Matsunoo-taisha (松尾大社) is a Shinto shrine located at the far western end of Shijo Street, approximately 1.3 kilometres south of the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan. It is home to a spring at the base of the mountain, Arashiyama, that is believed to be blessed. It is said that during the move of the capital from Nagaoka to Kyoto, a noble saw a turtle bathing in under the spring's waterfall and created a shrine there. It is one of the oldest shrines in the Kyoto area, it's founding extending back to 700 AD. The restorative properties of the spring bring many local sake and miso companies to the shrine for prayers that their product will be blessed. The shrine also serves a kinpaku (gold leaf filled) miki (or blessed sake) during hatsumode. Founded in 701, this shrine is one of Japan's oldest shrines. It enshrines the deity of water, which sake-brewing families have worshipped since the Muromachi Period (hence the large stacks of sake barrels). Pure spring water, designated “one of 100 best in Japan”, spews from the mouth of the "Kame-no-ido" (turtle well) statue here. In 701, Hatano Imikitori built the shrine. Because the Hata clan had a lot of power and money, they were involved in the relocation of the Imperial capital to Nagaoka-kyo (784) and later to Heian-kyo (794). Therefore, they won the Imperial court’s confidence, and Matsunoo Grand Shrine was honoured by the Imperial house. Not only has this shrine long played a role in ensuring the peace of the nation and protecting the people who live around it, but the shrine also houses guardian deities of cultivation, flood control, and trade. Since the Hata clan introduced to Japan the method of brewing sake, brewers and makers of miso paste visit Matsunoo Grand Shrine to pray for the success of their endeavours.
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Keywords:Hata clan, Hatano-Imikitori, Japan, Kame-no-ido, Kyōto, Matsunoo-taisha, Mount Matsuo, Nishikyō-ku, 松尾大社, 秦忌寸都理, 秦氏