Kamigamo Shrine

Sightseeing information about Kamigamo Shrine in Japan.


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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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4.0a month ago

Easy to get to from the city , spacious with lots of greenery. Very good to view autumn leaves

5.0a week ago

One of the world heritage jinja..you can also see firefly during summer

5.0in the last week

known this place accidently. UNESCO world heritage jinja. a bit far from city but bus can take you the destination (last bus stop). scenery during winter is quite dry (Jan25,20). Lucky enough to saw radiational wedding there. Amulets not that pricey and broken Japanese was enough to talk with Miko.

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.

4.012 months ago

Nice shrine with a short bush walk. To boot there is a white horse that brings you luck. At new year's Hotsumode they take the white horse for a stroll to the temple prior to blessings. Worth the trip out there!

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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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