Oharano Shrine

Erected in 768 and located in in the south-west area of Kyoto on the slopes of Mount Oshio, Oharano Shrine is a Shinto shrine related to the Fujiwara clan, one of Japanese history’s most powerful families from 794 to 1185.

It is said that that when the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784, the Fujiwara clan invited their god to move to a new shrine at Oharano, and did so by entering the capital riding on the back of a deer. This helps to explain why centuries later, the shrine has dedicated an important place within its grounds to this holy animal.

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