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Kamigamo Shrine

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339 Kamigamomotoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8047, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

I was not really impressed by the shrine, but the views of Kyoto you can get from the hill in the back of the shrine. The place is beautiful, it even has a small river within it. You can spend a lovely afternoon there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ehrlichmann P
Reviewed December 2, 2018

Lots of loverly trees and brilliant Autum leaves. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Shrines are beautiful

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gail B
Reviewed November 4, 2018

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,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lucem808
Reviewed October 1, 2018

This is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto and can be reached by a city bus. There is a very wide and expansive lawn leading to the temple and during new year, it is a very popular place to visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed June 30, 2018

This shrine is located further up north in Kyoto, and it doesn't attract a lot of tourist, so it's very peaceful and quiet. The architecture is beautiful, and since it was close to Tanabata, they had tanzaku (wish papers) to make a wish. It's a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Br1arR0se
Reviewed May 1, 2018

Because we were already in northern Kyoto on a Sunday, we decided to visit this much less frequented shrine, yet another Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. Pretty easy to get there by bus. We stumbled upon a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 14, 2018

I visited this temple a couple of times as it was local to the hotel I was staying in. The main temple is huge, to go inside you must take off your shoes. It isn’t the most awe inspiring but there is something very understated...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jude T
Reviewed April 14, 2018

Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto Shrines in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is well known for two sand cones on its grounds that serve a purification function for the shrine, and have been made ritually since ancient times....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

The gardens are amazing. The sand gardens and then the moss gardens. One of the most beautiful gardens and shrines I saw in my 20 days in Japan. This is a must do.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Thankfully, even with a few updates.. Kamigamo Jinja remains the place that it has always been. One can find a beautiful area in which to walk, feed the shrineʻs horse and learn about the area. When finished at the shrine take a short walk through...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
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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
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January 23, 2017|
Response from JourneysFromSeattle | Reviewed this property |
Kamigamo Shrine would be an amazing place for a Wedding. When I was visiting in September, a famous Kabuki Actor married a famous actress there. Kamigamo Shrine is a bit far afield and I don't believe there would be many... More
Jeff C
November 26, 2016|
Response from Joel C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jeff. I'm not sure. I'm no longer living in Kyoto (unfortunately). I imagine that some vendors would still be there if it is raining, but I am not certain. Sorry for the delay in my reply!