Things to do: Kyoto’s ancient Hachimangu shrine readies for summer night viewing

Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine, founded in 860, was bathed in an explosion of light on the evening of July 3 in preparation for summer night viewing.

It is one of the three most important Hachimangu shrines of Japan.

The main vermilion-lacquered shrine building, which was remodeled in 1634 by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604-1651), gave off a brilliant glow.

“We would like visitors to feel the subtle and profound atmosphere in the shrine that has a history of over 1,000 years,” a public relations official for the shrine said.

The shrine was selected by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) for the 2013 summer Kyoto sightseeing campaign. The special summer night admission will be the first ever for the shrine.

The shrine will be illuminated between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from July 13 to Aug. 31.

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