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.

PurposeFestivals,elderly,spiritual places,world heritage,family,knows a lot about Japan,cherry blossom viewing,men,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing
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4.0a month 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.

5.04 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.

5.0in the last week

Shimogamo Shrine is registered by the UNESCO as a World Heritage. When we arrived at the Shimogamo Shrine in the evening, happened to meet a festival called "Mitarashi festival". Every year, during this period, there are many food vendors in front of the shrine to sell lots of delicious foods to visiting people, just like the night market, very lively. It was more interesting to enter the shrine. Everyone here took off their shoes, walked into the cold pool, and then lighted the candles on the sides of the pool and made a wish. Then walked up the platform, dried the feet, put on shoes, and drunk the cold water named "god water" provided by the temple to complete the ceremony. Finally, we bought a Japanese amulet called "Omamori" that looked like a foot, very cute, and wrote a blessing on it. This was a very impressive experience.


5.0a week ago

Visited during a festival. Very cute and and very close to a river you can walk in to cool down on a hot summer day

4.0a week ago

An under-appreciated Shrine which actually deserves more attention than it does. A genuine power spot!

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