Spots you want to go to in Kyoto for New Year’s kimono rental/Matsuo Taisha, one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto

If you want to enjoy the beauty of Kyoto while renting a kimono, we recommend Matsuo Taisha Shrine, which has a sacred atmosphere perfect for the start of the new year. We’d like to introduce you to a kimono walk at Kyoto’s oldest shrine that you’ll want to visit during New Year’s. Spend a special time while feeling the tradition and sacred atmosphere of Kyoto.

Kyoto Matsuo Taisha Shrine access and rental points

Matsuo Taisha Shrine is located in a quiet place away from the center of Kyoto. Access is a little difficult, so we recommend checking your transportation options in advance, researching access from the kimono rental location, and making reservations for rentals in advance.

The grounds of Matsuo Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, a place steeped in history and tradition

Matsuo Taisha is said to be the oldest shrine in Kyoto, and its precincts are rich in history and tradition. The sacred atmosphere becomes even more intense during the New Year, and you may be able to feel the history even more by visiting in a kimono. Many old pine trees are planted in the precincts, creating a tranquil atmosphere.

How to visit a shrine suitable for New Year’s visit

The New Year’s visit to shrines is an important event, especially at Japanese shrines. Visiting the shrine in kimono requires special manners and preparation. Pay attention to the correct way to worship and how to handle the offering, and worship in a manner that is appropriate for the sacred atmosphere.

Highlights of the main hall and worship hall of Matsuo Taisha Shrine in Kyoto

The main shrine of Matsuo Taisha Shrine is one of the highlights, with its beautiful carvings and traditional architecture. Visiting the main shrine wearing a kimono will bring out the Japanese aesthetic and tradition even more. In addition, from the shrine, you can see the scenery of each season, and especially during the New Year, there is a sacred atmosphere.

Walking around Kyoto’s Matsuo Taisha Shrine and looking for souvenirs in a kimono

The area around Matsuo Taisha Shrine is rich in nature, and if you take a walk while wearing a kimono, you will see a landscape that is in harmony with the shrine. There is also a quaint shopping street nearby, where you can enjoy auspicious souvenirs and traditional Japanese sweets. It’s the perfect moment for your special New Year’s day.



If you rent a kimono and visit Matsuo Taisha Shrine, its sacred atmosphere and historical beauty will become even more appealing. Welcome the new year at Kyoto’s oldest shrine and enjoy a special moment where you can feel the tradition and beauty of kimonos.


Author of this article


Waplus Yasaka Shrine store staff

Ayana Ogawa

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