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Shimogamo Jinja

59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-0807, Japan
+81 75-781-0010
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Ranked #30 of 380 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Shimogamo Jinja, one of the oldest and most important shrines in Kyoto and a World Heritage site is a beautiful place to visit on a hot summers day. My children could splash a little in the creek and as we sought relief from the hot humid weather under the canopy of forest trees. A peaceful shrine with wooden buildings and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Both Bus #4 and #205 stop at Shimogamojinjamae, which makes its easier to reach Shimogamo Jinja by bus rather than subway. Request for an English map if possible. The Oidono (Museum, Kitchen for Sacred Food Offerings) have an adult entrance fee of 500YEN and 250YEN for children. One may meander through the rest of the grounds for free, the 2... More

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Ventura, California
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We have visited most of the famous temples and shrines around Kyoto and have enjoyed their grandeur and beautiful grounds. But we find most of them to be very crowded and can be uncomfortable in hot weather. A local Kyoto resident recommended the Shimogamo Shrine as his favorite. It is actually the oldest shrine in Kyoto and is located in... More

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Oakland, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I loved it from the small shrine for beauty to the large shrine with different small shrines for prayer to a torii gate, a curved bridge and cherry blossoms and flowing stream, what more could you ask for? Took lots of photos, I was glad I went..

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56 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Lamenting the autumn leaves at Eikando were all but over, the hotel suggested Shimogamo -Ji. It was a splendid suggestion as it wasn't on my list of places to visit, so it was serendipitous. Walking through the forest of tall majestic trees all in its autumnal splendour there was a sense of beauty, peace and joy. The vermillion torii and... More

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Minsk, Belarus
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Simogamo shrine is not your usual point of interest, so to get there you need to take the subway and then walk some. At first I was skeptical but I ended up enjoying it. We were lucky because we visited it during the festivals and there were plenty to see such as the sights of horseback archery ritual. This... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We visited Shimogamo Shrine on the same day as we did Kamigamo, since they both had festivals and are twin temples. The shrine is situated slightly more down towards the city in a beautiful forest with majestic trees that would make you think it would be an enjoyable place to visit in the summer. There is a torii leading to... More

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

One of the nice things about the out of the way temples is that there are fewer crowds and they are less likely to be fees to see them. This is one example. This shrine is is located in a small park and when we visited they were setting up for a festival. A nice place to get away from... More

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Santa Barbara,Ca
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23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Shimogamo is out of the way. You can get there by taking the subway with a little walking, but it is worth it. In and of itself, the grounds are beautiful, very park-like, covered in mature trees that give welcome shade in the summer. This alone is enough to visit, but if you are visiting around the first week of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

One of the places, which we had put on our list of things to do in Kyoto. It was out of the main attractions but worth making the effort of seeing. We went at the end of the New Year holiday period so there were a lot of people visiting many in traditional dress which added to the atmosphere of... More

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