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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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Yabusame in May

You should definitely visit here for Yabusame held in May each year. Yabusame ( Samurai Archery ) is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You should definitely visit here for Yabusame held in May each year. Yabusame ( Samurai Archery ) is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets.This style of archery has its origins at the beginning of the Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo became... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful insight into Japanes culture! We were fortunate enough to be at the shrine when families were bringing their little ones to be blessed. Dressed in traditional kimonos these families were a delight to see, and we felt honored to witness the blessing ceremonies. A beautiful setting at one of Kyotos oldest shrines.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is among the most beautiful shrines in Tokyo and the end point of the Aoi Festival. It is exquisite in its simplicity and serenity. If you are a walker, it is ideal to stroll say from Sanjo or Shijo along the Kamogawa River to the shrine. It is also near the train station that will take you to Kurama... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tadasu no mori is a living forest in the heart of a modern city, and in the forest is a beautiful Shinto shrine. The guide books say that the forest has been more or less untouched since the third century BC. If you are looking for a respite from the city, this is a good place to visit, and it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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.
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