Goo shrine

The Story Behind the Iconic Boars Near the Kyoto Imperial Palace

On the western side of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace lies a Shinto Shrine known as ‘Goo Shrine’. It enshrines Wake no Kiyomaro, a high-ranking Japanese official of the Nara period. It is guarded by boar statues which are believed to protect him. There is a good story behind all this, let’s dig deeper into it! Wake…