Kamigamo Shrine
Kamigamo Shrine
4.5
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: 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.
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Tsubaki ann
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 β€’ Friends
Today I'm going to take you into a dreamy world filled with the spirit of autumn β€” the Maple Leaf Season in Kyoto.
Imagine strolling through the ancient streets and alleys of Kyoto, where gold and fiery red maple leaves gently sway in the breeze, painting a beautiful autumnal scene with every step. Here, every corner holds traces of history and the masterful beauty of nature.

πŸ“ Exploring the Hidden Gem of Arashiyama: Arashiyama, a paradise for maple leaves, where the beauty of the red leaves is breathtaking. Riding the train through the mountains feels like traveling through time, with each glance revealing a stunning view.

🌸 Autumn Colors by Kiyomizu-dera: Standing on the stage of Kiyomizu-dera, overlooking the city of Kyoto, the autumn leaves complement the ancient temple, creating a heart-stirring beauty.

β˜• Tea Time in a Traditional Machiya: Step into a quaint tea house hidden in the lanes, order a pot of matcha, and enjoy the view of the autumn leaves outside the window, bringing peace and comfort to your heart.

🍁 Maple Leaf Hunting is not just about appreciating the leaves, it's a lifestyle. In Kyoto, every maple leaf has its unique story, waiting for you to listen and feel.
If, like me, you can't resist the beauty of this autumn, let's seek out the most touching hues of the season together in Kyoto's Maple Leaf Season!

A Night to Remember: As the day ends, unwind in the soothing ambiance of Tsubaki Ann Kyoto. Let the calmness of the night sky envelop you, promising a peaceful slumber.

#KyotoMapleLeafSeason #AutumnFairytale #JapanTravel #LeavesTurningRed
Written December 24, 2023
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It had been founded in 678 but burnt and rebuilt in later years. The site coverage was large and particularly beautiful during autumn foliage falls. An important Shinto sanctuary on the banks of Kamo River. One of the UNESCO world heritage site and highly recommended.
Written December 12, 2019
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Sarah88HongKong
Hong Kong, China192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This shrine is small and away from downtown Kyoto. It has a very quiet and beautiful setting unlike other busy shrines. In front of the shrine is a vast green meadow reserved for horse racing rituals in May. When one walks up to the shrine, one would be greeted by the main gate which is magnificent. More impressive is a beautiful stream running in front of the gate. People there are also friendly which makes the visit perfect. Outside the shrine is a small area conserved for its traditional houses. The small stream continues to run in front of those houses which forms an interesting scenary.
Written December 14, 2009
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Andrew R
Kyoto9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 β€’ Friends
I agree with most of the reviews. The sounds of the small creek winding through the shrine make for a serene, healing atmosphere. However... the priests are jerks. At least one of them is. This shrine is known to have fireflies flitting about during the rainy season (around June), so a friend and I went to check it out. We didn't see any so we asked a priest who was waiting for some distinguished visitor. He treated us like idiots and was extremely unfriendly. Go to Shimogamo Shrine (δΈ‹θ³€θŒ‚η₯žη€Ύ) instead -- it's just as beautiful and easier to get to.
Written June 7, 2014
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Melinda G
Osaka, Japan506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 β€’ Couples
We walked along the Kamo River from Shimogamo Shrine to Kamigamo Shrine. If you have the time, it’s a nice walk. It was busy because it was the first day of the year.
Written January 3, 2021
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David M
Adelaide, Australia121 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 β€’ Friends
Very large shrine. We were slightly disappointed with this one because it consisted of a number of buildings which could not be accessed ie you could not see inside.
Written July 11, 2019
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Gail B
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 β€’ Family
Lots of loverly trees and brilliant Autum leaves. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Shrines are beautiful
Written December 2, 2018
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lucem808
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 β€’ Solo
Honestly, I was heading here to see the Kasagake Shinji (Horseback Archery) which is in October, and generally starts around 1pm. I arrived a bit late (3:30pm), and all the events had ended by then, so presumably the crowds and traffic, too.

As an aside, map apps are still finicky with Kyoto Buses. My best advice is to use the app's tracker to see which buses are arriving, to make sure you're at the right bus stop, and facing the correct direction. Even asking Japanese natives for assistance, since my device was showing results in Japanese--if they don't usually go there, they dpn't know, which is a problem in any country. So I got on the right bus, in the wrong direction, so my 30-minute ride lasted just over 1.5 hours. I didn't make it in time to see anything but people cleaning up after the events.

Although disappointed, when I arrived at the temple grounds, the landscape and setting was so peaceful, I easily let go of my previous feelings, used the cleansing ritual with water, and began my walk around the area. It is a wide open space after the first torii, with greenery and fields, and the second torii gate ahead.

Kamigamo is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. It is also considered a sister to Shimagamo. They are both built aside the Kamogawa river. The area is not as immense as some temple grounds, so it is easily navigated--the path takes you up and around, then back down toward the entrance. This area is calmer than some shrines with just too many visitors; there is also not as much flair as a temple like Kinkaku-ji or movie and tv influence like Fushimi Inari, which keeps the large tourist groups from appearing.

On the grounds are twin sand mounds (Tatesuna & Saiden), kami who have taken residence at Kamigamo. This leads up to the Romon gate before entering the main temple halls. Two streams seem to wind around the Romon area, meeting together as you walk back towards the entrance.

I would give it a 4.5 just for the fact it's actually a peaceful and quiet temple. On the other hand, it is peaceful and quiet because there isn't a big draw, except for those who appreciate the history and culture of the visit. So there is less flair and striking monuments to see, as this could be considered one of the originals, before future temples needed to 'one-up' and innovate.

Children seemed drawn to the streams and playing in the natural park environment more than anything else. If you're solo, or a couple, looking for a more authentic pace of older Kyoto, this is a great place to visit.
Written November 4, 2018
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hiart
new york city71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 β€’ Friends
Kamigamo and Shimogamo are the two oldest shrines in Kyoto. They tend not to be touristy, they're slightly off the beaten path and they're modest, but somehow still miraculous. I am totally a fan of Shimogamo which is at the fork of the Kamo River/Demachiyanagi. Go!
Written April 1, 2017
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Kyotocat
Chicago Illinois132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 β€’ Couples
Kamigamo is one of the most tranquil and beautiful Shinto shrines in Japan. Before visiting it read "Shinto: The Kami Way" to have a recognition of the buildings and symbols at Kamigamo. Look into all of the spaces. View the remote areas, listen to the water. Kamigamo is a bit remote, in the Northwest corner of Kyoto. It is a place of great peace and spirituality.
Written November 23, 2016
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