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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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Forest Oasis in the Center of Kyoto

I prefer walking through the forest to the temple at Shimogamo. The temple is very pretty and delicate, but I just love the medieval quality of the forest that surrounds the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Siem Reap, Kyoto

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Selangor, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As my B&B was near the area, we decided to checkout after reading the review here. We were extremely lucky to have a nice sunny autumn weather for our afternoon stroll here. It's a small shrine and no entrance fee required. There are couple of Gingko trees around to add a splash of Golden yellow color to enhance the nearby... More 

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Siem Reap, Kyoto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I prefer walking through the forest to the temple at Shimogamo. The temple is very pretty and delicate, but I just love the medieval quality of the forest that surrounds the property. It takes me to a totally different place in a completely different time. It is hard to believe that this shrine is in the middle of the city!

Thank Karavansara-SR
Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Came for a winter festival ceremony, with traditional Shinto festival music and dance, also koto music and other more classical dances by women in kimonos. It was extremely well organized, and free (as is visiting the temple). Worth visiting especially if a special event is occurring.

Thank drichrx
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Though we didn't visit the buildings themselves, Shimogamo Shrine is the site of the Yabusame Festival in early May - a must-see! Archers in traditional garb and riding horseback race past a seated crowd, loosing arrows at the targets with a magnificent war cry. (Be sure to get there as soon as the ticket booth opens - the lines can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Visited late afternoon, and rode a bus to Shimogamo Jinja Mae stop. This shrine, unlike most in Kyoto, has no entrance fees and is surrounded by plenty of trees, even though it is in the middle of Kyoto. I think a festival was happening soon, and the temple was decorated nicely. We even witnessed a ceremony take place, with the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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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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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.