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Hatsumode First Shrine & Temple Visits of the New Year

As the New Years Eve bell tolls at midnight, during "hatsumode" people head to the temples and shrines to pray for their health and safety in the coming year. Kyoto is home to an especially large number of shrines, and every year it is visited by many pilgrims from across Japan. Each shrine has its own unique rituals for celebrating the new year and welcoming pilgrims.
At the start of this new year, why not come wish for your own health and safety at a shrine or temple?

To pray for good fortune:
Otoyo-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 5 to "Higashitennocho" bus stop, or City Bus 100 to "Miyanomaecho" bus stop)
Heian-jingu Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 5 or 100 to "Okazaki Koen / Bijutsukan,Heian Jingu-mae" bus stop)
Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 4 ot 205 to Shimogamojinja-mae (Shimogamo Shrine)" bus stop)
Matsuo Taisha Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: Hankyu Arashiyama Line to Matsuo Taisha Station)

To ward off misfortune:
Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 4 to "Kamigamo Jinja-mae (Kamigamo Shrine)" bus stop, or City Bus 9 to "Kamigamo Misonobashi" bus stop)
Yasaka-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 100, 110, or 206 to "Gion" bus stop)
Yoshida-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 206 to "Kyodai Seimon-mae (Kyoto Univ.)" bus stop)
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: Keihan Main Line to Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station)

To ward off evil spirits:
Seimei-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 9 to "Ichijo Modoribashi, Seimei Jinja-mae (Seimei Shrine)" bus stop)

To pray for connections & success in love:
Nonomiya-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: JR Sagano Line to Saga Arashiyama Station)
Jishu-Jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 100, 110, 206 to "Gojo-zaka" or "Kiyomizu-michi" bus stops)
Izumo Daijingu Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: JR Sagano Line to Kameoka Station, then take Keihan Kyoto Bus to "Izumo Jinja-mae" bus stop)

To pray for conception/safe childbirth:
Umenomiya Taisha Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 28 to "Umenomiya Taisha-mae" bus stop)
Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 100, 110, 206 to "Gojo-zaka" bus stop)
Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Momoyamagoryo-mae Station)

To pray for success in business:
Ebisu-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: Keihan Main Line to Gion Shijo Station)
Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: JR Nara Line to Inari Station, or Keihan Main Line to Fushimi-Inari Station)

To pray for artistic advancement:
Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: Kyoto Bus 73 to "Kurumazaki Jinja-mae" bus stop)

To pray for success in sports:
Shiramine-jingu Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 9, 101, 111 to "Horikawa Imadegawa" bus stop)

To pray for academic achievement:
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 50, 101, 111 to "Kitano Tenmangu-mae (Kitano Tenmangu Shrine)" bus stop)
To-ji Temple (Access from Kyoto Station: Kintetsu Railway to Toji Station)

To pray for luck (in winning):
Fujimori-jinja Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: JR Nara Line to Fujimori Station)

To ward off evil:
Jonan-gu Shrine (Access from Kyoto Station: Subway Karasuma Line/Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Takeda Station, then walk for about 15 min)
Sekizanzen-in Temple (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 5 to "Shugakuinrikyu-michi (Shugakuin Imperial Villa)" bus stop)

To pray for traffic safety:
Tanukidani Fudo-in Temple (Access from Kyoto Station: City Bus 5 to "Ichijoji Sagarimatsucho" bus stop)

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