World Heritage: Kamigamo Shrine4.6
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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5.03 weeks ago
Kyoto. Something so mysterious about this city.
There is an aura of the divinity here.
Where does it come from ?
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.
5.0a month 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.
5.03 months ago
Peaceful place, not too many people.
5.0a year ago
Beautiful shrine! I lived on the other side of the parking lot and had a wonderful view of the southend of this location. Wonderful little small trails take you up a hill that provides a great view of the neighborhood.
5.0a year ago
This holy shrine designated UNESCO world heritage is popular place for a wedding ceremony. Many celebrities have held their wedding there. Free entry! Far but worth a visit.