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Imamiya Shrine

#111 of 657 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 21 Murasakino Imamiyacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8243, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-492-6630
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A hidden treasure

We found this place when walking from subway station to Kinkaku-ji Temple. I don't think many tourists go there due to very tight schedule when in Kyoto. We also found this place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We found this place when walking from subway station to Kinkaku-ji Temple. I don't think many tourists go there due to very tight schedule when in Kyoto. We also found this place by a chance and we loved it! There were absolutely no people there, great atmosphere. The place itself is beautiful and totally worth seeing!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I went in while walking around, because I was impressed by the beauty of the entrance. When I was in I realized that I had already visited it to have aburi-mochi in one of the two shops you can find in the street on the right after entering by the main gate. Try it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Here are the reasons why a visit to this out of the way Shinto shrine is merited: 1. The site is intensely beautiful. 2 . The place is not overrun by tourists. 3. It feels like sacred space.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We stumbled upon Imamiya Shrine while making our way to the more popular Daitokuji complex. The way to Imamiya Shrine is beautiful, you cross a trail of bamboo trees. The shrine itself is gorgeous - doesn't look like it's frequented by too many tourists, it looks more like a place frequented by worshippers, so there is a peace and tranquility... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We literally stumbled across this shrine while walking to another and I am glad I did. Wonderful buildings, small and tightly contained and very few tourists, there is a real sense of retained purpose in this shrine. If you have time for one more temple or shrine I would recommend this one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Foreigner-friendly tourist attraction. They have maps in English and even a website in English. Great location. Easily accessible by bus. Just get off city bus # 46 at Imamiya Jinja Mae. The stop is right in front of the enormous main gate. Lots of beautiful nature including a bamboo forest surrounding the nearby Daitokuji Temple. This shrine is famous for... More 

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.