Shimogamo Shrine

Sightseeing information about Shimogamo Shrine in Japan.


World Heritage: Shimogamo Shrine4.6

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This shrine dates back to the 8th century and is located in the primitive forest in the fork of the Kamo Rive and the Takano River. It enshrines the god of harvest, and pure waters were originally drawn from the nearby rivers for ceremonies and purification. The approach penetrating the Tadasu-no-mori forest is known to be a power spot in Kyoto, where you experience a laid-back stroll in the bracing atmosphere.

This shrine is coupled with Kamigamo Shrine, standing upsteam alongside the Kamo River. The horseback archery ritual is held on January 4th to offer a feel of graceful, ancient Kyoto, and Aoi Festival celebrated on May 15th by both shrines is one of Kyoto's Three Festivals. There is a subshrine dedicated to the god of matchmaking, attracting a lot of couples. Don't forget to taste 'mitarashi dango', a stick of 5 rice dumplings, as the shrine is considered its birthplace.

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4.02 weeks ago

Historic site that is set in a lovely forest setting. There had just been a wedding celebration and as we were walking along the long path to the shrine a large number of people were leaving. There is a large plaque at the entrance in both Japanese and English but unfortunately there was no more of the details available in English that I could find. I understand there is some kind of archery activities that take place on horseback along the long path but couldn't find anything out about it.

5.03 months ago

V recommend to come here as it’s a v nice walk through the whole area. Beautiful place with nice landscape and there is a small water place where one can buy a fortune paper n soak it to read your fortune. There is a temple for beauty where gals will draw pic on the mirror shaped wood plank and wish for beauty . It’s actually free entry. Plus u can walk to a river where it’s calm n wonderful to just see the ducks n birds enjoying themselves. Walk across the river via the stones. There is a shop that sell a charm with beautiful sound which this is a first time to see.

5.02 months ago

This shrine is beautiful and full of history (a sign at the shrine indicates that it's been a sacred site for over 2,000 years.) Because it's so large and also somewhat removed from the main tourist track, it seldom feels crowded unless there's a special event.

4.0a month ago

Small but beautiful.
It's not a famous shrine in Kyoto, but pretty cool place with some traditional Japanese activities, such as Kendo, or archery.
It's also have mizu omikuji, a piece of paper on which your fortune, it's blank at first but when you put it in the water (water god), your fortune will appear like magic.
Take a try.

4.0a week ago

Really nice, but not as impressive as some other temples in Kyoto.

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