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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4.03 weeks ago
Cozy place, not as famous but also not as crowded. Highly recommended for those who want to avoid the crowds.
5.05 months ago
If you like themed mamori and you like horses you'll like this shrine. Plenty of wide open space because this is in the middle of the countryside. Don't come expecting any horse themed food though! I definitely didn't do that... at all... nope.
5.02 months ago
Beautiful large shrine with often has horse riding and archery events on. The landscaping is great, with Japanese maple trees littering the stream that passes through the temple
5.03 months ago
An UNESCO world heritiage site. Beautiful area surrounding it, especially during cherry blossom season when the drive in feels like your surrounded in snow capped trees. Great monthly craft market too.
5.03 months ago
Stumbled upon this gorgeous place while cycling. Turned into a highlight of Kyoto. Very nature oriented with a calming and pleasant atmosphere.