World Heritage: Shimogamo Shrine4.6
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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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 40.9km) Google Transit
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5.02 months ago
2020 is the "Year of the Rat", Large Ema at Various Shrines in Kyoto.
Rat is the first in the 12-year-cycle of Chinese zodiac signs. People born in the year of rat are generally born with the zodiac rat characteristics. They are believed to be very industrious and thrifty, diligent and positive. They love to enshrine and collect. They have a keen intuition and can foretell the danger. They can deal with the money carefully and have a good financial luck.
4.03 months ago
A lovely shrine surrounded by a small forest with a small but ancient stream bed running through it. During the late Spring you can attend a festival here with horse back riding and Japanese archery performances. The main shrine has fortunes that only appear when you dip the paper in water-very magical
5.03 weeks ago
This is the oldest shrine in Kyoto. It had built before Kyoto was the capital. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. The most beautiful part of this shrine is the English support. You can find a lot of English explanations in everywhere.
5.05 months ago
This place deserves the hype it gets from other posts. It really has that old school shrine feel. You can also do things like get different types of fortunes, ring the bell for prayer, and wash the uncleanliness away spiritually. I happened to go while a wedding shoot was taking place and got to see some traditional wedding outfits. The scenery was beautiful.
5.05 months ago
Another World Heritage site that should be on your Kyoto bucket list! Impressive vermillion gate and a beautiful garden, the whole area is home to several lovely shrines. Beautiful during all seasons in my opinion, even though I love autumn and winter best as the gate and shrine buildings look even more beautiful with autumn foliage or covered in snow