Jonangu shrine is in southern Kyoto and is rarely seen by foreigners because there seems to be no mention of it in most tour guides and books.
Even in Japanese books and guides it is barely mentioned. I suspect the reason is it is quite new, having been re-built in the 1970s
after being destroyed by fire. Its five lovely gardens were also designed in the 1970s.
The shrine originated in the 8th century and was the extensive Detached Palace of Japan's 72nd Emperor Shirakawa and subsequent Emperors.
In fact, the tombs of Shirakawa and two other Emperors are nearby and can be seen while walking to the shrine from TAKEDA station.
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