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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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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 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 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 

Thank soutaro915
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.

Thank Cherryl Dianne J
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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.

Thank Wuthichai R
Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

An oasis of shinto-peace within a little pleasant wood. You will enjoy to walk within the little wood, earing the wind, in the company of crows, feeling the trees and with the pleasure of admiring a very nice jingu temple

Thank AlakValsir
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Try to walk the forest path leading to the shrine with two rows of old tall majestic trees along the way. Air extremely fresh in the morning. The Jinja is modest and very well blended in the environment.


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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.