Matsuo Taisha (also known as Matsunoo-Taisha) is one of the oldest Shinto Shrines in Japan, dating back to 701.
It’s located at the far Western end of Shijo Street near the renowned Arashiyama district. It was founded by the same clan as the famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine.
The Shrine is home to one of Japan’s cleanest natural springs and is held in great importance by sake brewers, as pure water is vital to the production of quality sake.
It’s an interesting Shrine to visit, and is often not particularly busy, so is a refreshing escape from Kyoto’s more famous and busy Shrines.