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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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One of the oldest shrines in Kyoto

This simple Shinto shrine is twin to the Kamigamo jinja and both are UNESCO world heritage sites. It's a nice place for a quiet walk and is right beside an old forest area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Manila, Philippines

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This simple Shinto shrine is twin to the Kamigamo jinja and both are UNESCO world heritage sites. It's a nice place for a quiet walk and is right beside an old forest area.

Thank Nonnapn
Kyoto, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was 794 that Heiankyo, the old capital of Japan, was built in Kyoto. Shimogamo Jinja Shrine was settled in Kyoto before it. It has a long history several times than Kinkaku-ji Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple. It cannot be said that we visited Kyoto without visiting Shimogamo Jinja Shrine. A bus route binding all Golden Pavilion, Shimogamo Jinja Shrine, Silver... More 

Thank ilovekyoto111
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've time just go and take a walk there! Do not expect something special, it's just one of the many temples you will find in Kyoto!

Thank Marco Okello S
new york city
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in Kyoto on New Year's Eve, you might want to be at Shimogamo. I love this temple. First of all, it is beautiful and lively and one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. I was here early in the day on New Year's Eve and then again after midnight. There is a long alley of festival food... More 

Thank hiart
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

It's one of the most important and oldest shrines in Kyoto, a world heritage site no less. But I don't find it very interesting, considering there are so many other sights in Kyoto. I'd say come here if you have time like me, or if there's festival going on.

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Selangor, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

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!

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 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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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.