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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5.05 months ago

My favourite place in Kyoto. No crowds lots of green space. Best kept secret

5.09 months ago

There is a company that matches the zodiac, making it fun to visit. There aren't many people here this season, so it's a good idea to go there. Bicycle is recommended.

5.0a year ago

Shimogamo-jinja is one of Japans oldest shinto shrines. It was established in the 600’s (7th century) and it is closely associated with the Kamigamo, another shrine located only about 3km away. The two shrines were built to protect the Kyoto city. And they are now listed on UNESCO as one of the Historic Monuments in Kyoto. It’s nice to stroll around the shrine as it has many greens which trees could be up to 600 years old. Walking around the shrine gives you great energy at the same time very relaxing. Definitely worth stopping by at this shrine as it’s one of the typical and outstanding design.

5.010 months ago

Am absolutely amazing temple located between the Kamo and Takano rivers, definitely worth a visit. Dont forget your Goshuincho

5.0a year 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.

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