The Seimei Shrine (晴明神社) is a Shinto Shrine founded in 1007 by Emperor Ichijo. This shrine was built in memory of the onmyoji, Abe no Seimei, after his death in 1005, on the orders of the emperor. It was constructed on the location of Abe no Seimei’s house.
This shrine’s most important symbol is a pentacle called the Seimei-star, which symbolizes the five Chinese elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water).
There is also a well called the Seimei-i. The water drawn from this well is said to have magical properties. Famous tea master Sen no Rikyu was known to have drawn water from this well, and use it for his formal tea parties.
List of Yearly Events
Read the notes below for dates with an asterisk (※).
1 January ➔ New Year Festival (新年祭)
※ 3 February (Setsubun) ➔ Setsubun Hoshi Festival (節分星祭)
26 June ➔ Kasai-yoke Kigan Festival (火災除祈願祭). This festival is held privately.
End of June~End of July ➔ Japanese bellflower bloom
※※ September Autumn Equinox ➔ Seimei Festival (晴明祭)
Day before the Equinox ➔ Yomiya Festival (宵宮祭)
Day after the Equinox ➔ Reisai (Annual Festival (例祭)) ― Shinko-sai (神幸祭)
26 September ➔ Saga-bosho Festival (嵯峨墓所祭)
23 November ➔ Ohitake Festival (御火焚祭)
※ The day of the Setsubun varies from year to year. It is held the 2, 3, or 4 February. Between 1985 and 2024, it will be held on 3 February. See the page about Setsubun for more information.
※※ The day of the Autumnal Equinox varies from year to year, as it is calculated using astronomical instruments. It is usually held on 22 or 23 September. See the page about Autumnal Equinox Day for more information.
* Coming from JR Kyoto Station:
Nr. 9 ➔ get off at Ichijo-Modoribashi ・ Seimei Jinja-mae, about 2 min. walk
* Coming from Hankyu Karasuma Station, Shijo Station:
Nr. 12 ➔ get off at Ichijo-Modoribashi ・ Seimei Jinja-mae, about 2 min. walk
* Coming from Keihan Sanjo Station:
Nr. 12 and 59 ➔ get off at Horikawa Imadegawa, about 2 min. walk
By Train / Metro:
About 12 minutes walk from Imadegawa Station
About 20 min. from Kyoto Station (± 2,200 JPY)
Parking and Accessibility
Car Parking: There is a car coin parking located southwards, right next to the shrine.
Wheelchair Access: The inside has no stairs and is easy to go around. However, there is no access ramp nor curb cut from the road to the sidewalk leading to the shrine.
Hours, Fees and Visit Duration
Closed Days: None
Admission fee: Free
Visit duration: ± 10 min.