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Shimogamo Jinja

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Address: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0807, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-781-0010
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Wash out your sins in this shrine

Easily accessible by train since it is a 10 min walk away from the station, there is a nice stroll through a small forest before you get to the lower part of the shrine. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
London, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Easily accessible by train since it is a 10 min walk away from the station, there is a nice stroll through a small forest before you get to the lower part of the shrine. It is very peaceful - again - and this is what makes Kyoto the perfect stop en route to the busier Osaka. In each building you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

It takes 45 minutes using bus. For this temple you gonna need 1 hours to seeing main hall. And fee entrance 500 yen.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I arrived at the ground right about 6am by bus. The whole area at this time of the day was peacefully quiet, as I took my time enjoying the lushy green forest leading up to the main shrine. There were no tourists in sight, only a few early worshipers trying to have their moments at the holy site. I highly... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Shimogamo jinja is slightly off the beaten track in Kyoto, it is located in a nice suburb without the tourist crowds. However, it is an important and functional shrine, as there are many locals - some dressed in kimonos - who visit and pray at the shrine. A small forest with large and well-preserved trees lead to the main entrance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

I went here quite late, just 1 hour before the place close. But it was a wonderful experience. Before we arrive the temple there are some temples that worth to visit. The first one is temple for woman I guess because there are so many girls pray and sit around. They also sell omamori for beauty and love. Along the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Shimogamo jinja, at 8 minutes on foot from Keihan Demachiyanagi St., is a complex of halls and shrines including the guardian of the 12 zodiac sings. Particularly beautiful is the tree-lined way to the main sanctuary from Mikage St.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Shimogamo is a good choice for those of you who want to avoid the crowds (at least the foreign crowds) as much as possible. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. A lot of the buildings have mossy roofs, which gives them an air of antiquity and oneness with nature. Alas, we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Was struggling between this and kamigamo shrine as I had only one hour to spare but I chose this for the ease of access via bus 4 or 205. Don't expect a big scale of shrines but you will impressed by tree shades with the shrine and you can get beautiful shots!

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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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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.