Kamigamo Shrine

Sightseeing information about Kamigamo Shrine in Japan.

World Heritage: Kamigamo Shrine4.6

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This shrine situated in the north of Kyoto, along the upstream of the Kamo River, dates from the 7th century and is one of the oldest shrines in Japan. It is dedicated to Raijin, the god of thunder, which is believed to have supernatural power to repel evils and disasters. Together with Shimogamo Shrine located around 3km downstream, this was originally erected for protection of the Kamo clan. Both shrines celebrate the famous Aoi Festival in May.

The two conical white-sand mounds in front of Hosodono hall symbolizes the sacred mountains where gods ascended in the beginning of times, and are considered the origin of Shinto practice of ritual purification with salt. In the precincts runs two streams that evoke a good old Japan.

If you want to walk 2.5km from Kita-oji Station, follow the Nakaragi Path alogside Kyoto Botanical Gardens for a pleasant stroll. During the cherry blossom season, you will walk through a 800m-long tunnel of the pink flowery tunnel. Don't forget to purchase yaki-mochi (grilled mochi rice cake) in front of the shrine.

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5.02 months ago

It’s a very peaceful Shinto shrine with tiny white rocks layering most of its paths. Most tourists won’t go here. There’s a small stream running across the area, making lovely sounds and its tranquil. People are really kind. We really feel the essence of Japanese culture here.

4.0a month ago

Nice sightseeing, nice atmosphere. I came here for participate Kasagake Shinji festival. It will be held on 21th October.

5.06 months ago

Kyoto. Something so mysterious about this city.
There is an aura of the divinity here.
Where does it come from ?
It's people.
Life in this city is still living accorning to ancient traditions that
make nonsense to me. However, thanks to this tradition we can
enjoy the things about KYOTO.

5.07 months ago

Attended a great flea market on the temple grounds and came on a lucky day where I saw a wedding ceremony at the temple. A tranquil place.

5.09 months ago

Peaceful place, not too many people.

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It is a little bit far although within Kyoto City. But along with Shimos Shrine worth visiting.

It is a little bit far although within Kyoto City. But along with Shimos Shrine worth visiting.

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