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Shimogamo Jinja

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Address: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0807, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-781-0010
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wade through the stream at shimogamo!

Mitarashi Matsuri, take places in July. Event that people wade through the little icy cold stream in front of the shrine, which means that it will bring you lucks and protect you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in the woodland park that leads up to Shimogamo Jinja years ago for a yabusame, but we’d never visited the shrine and we read that it was in good autumn color. That may have been, but there really wasn’t much color on November 20: just a couple of ginkgoes and a maple or two which had half turned.... More 

Thank hfot2
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is said the forest of this shrine date back to Kyoto's primeval origins. They are hauntingly beautiful and peaceful as you walk to the shrine. In some ways the gardens are better. Orange gates, a pleasant walk through the shrine. Enjoyable but not spectacular. North of the palace after a brisk 15 minute walk. Visit if you have the... More 

Thank ShaneABurke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mitarashi Matsuri, take places in July. Event that people wade through the little icy cold stream in front of the shrine, which means that it will bring you lucks and protect you from unfortunates and wash bad things out of you.

Thank Rakch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Shimogamo Shrine is located in the middle of a huge woods called Tadasuno Mori. It is quite refreshing to take a walk in premises, and it inspires you certainly some spiritual ideas. If you go to Kyoto, you should not miss this shrine.

Thank Kimitaka S
Yosano-cho, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Shimogamo shrine is nice, but not spectacular. The shrine is surrounded by a nice and quiet forest. So, it is a nice place to be. But unlike Kiyomizu-dera or Nijo Castle, each building in the shrine is small and doesn’t offer spectacular view. Also, it doesn’t offer mysterious atmosphere like a rock garden in Ryoan-ji. It might be little disappointing... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here off a tour bus, just for a poke around because it is heritage listed. We were not disappointed. There is a forest amongst the city. The trees are amazing and a shrine appears out of nowhere. It is very small but also very sweet. We were also lucky enough to see a wedding procession taking place! The... More 

Thank Ali-C-Cbr
Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We were stunned by this amazing place,it has to be seen to be believed.We visited on a hot day which possibly wasn't a good idea as we really wanted to get all the way around the mountain,but ran out of steam under half way.when you first arrive it is very crowded and trying to take photos is a waste of... More 

Thank susandevon53
Moreton Bay Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Maybe my timing was lucky but this was the less crowded attraction I visited in Kyoto and well worth it, the ubiquitous beautiful architecture and orange tori, sculptured gardens and peaceful forest were inspiring.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Shimogamo-jinja is one of a pair of shrines collectively called Kamo-jinja. They venerate the Kamo family of Gods. Shimogamo-jinja is older and bigger than Kamigamo-jinja (Upper Kamo Shrine), and existed before the founding of Heiankyō, having been founded all the way back in the 500s. Therefore, it is one of the oldest shrines in Japan. The shrine is a world... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

I was at the Shrine in the afternoon and to my surprise I witnessed three wedding couples visiting the shrine with their families. That really adds the local flavor to my visit which made it more pleasant.

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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.