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Imamiya Shrine

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Address: 21 Murasakino Imamiyacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8243, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-492-6630
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Beautiful and Peaceful shrine with many smaller shrines on the grounds

This is a beautiful and peaceful shrine, with many smaller shrines contained on the grounds. There are some nice buildings, nice walks to the small shrines, and calm ambiance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2016
Don P
Dallas, Texas, United States
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This is a beautiful and peaceful shrine, with many smaller shrines contained on the grounds. There are some nice buildings, nice walks to the small shrines, and calm ambiance (especially if you just walked over from Kinkaku-ji with its crowd of people). And there are Cherry Blossoms if you visit at the right time

Thank Don P
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit. Such a antique area with beautiful architecture. There're no train in this area so you need to go by bus.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful shrine to visit. Not many people were there when we visited and we were able to take our time looking around. The children enjoyed doing the rituals of ringing the bells and lifting the stone and so forth. We were with a guide from Personal Japan Tours who gave us lots of information and... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Stopped there for a brief visit during our private cycling tour with "Nuro" and very much liked it. It was very quiet as it does not seem to be very well known to most tourists.

Thank ath2011ath
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We found this place when walking from subway station to Kinkaku-ji Temple. I don't think many tourists go there due to very tight schedule when in Kyoto. We also found this place by a chance and we loved it! There were absolutely no people there, great atmosphere. The place itself is beautiful and totally worth seeing!

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Massafra, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I went in while walking around, because I was impressed by the beauty of the entrance. When I was in I realized that I had already visited it to have aburi-mochi in one of the two shops you can find in the street on the right after entering by the main gate. Try it!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Here are the reasons why a visit to this out of the way Shinto shrine is merited: 1. The site is intensely beautiful. 2 . The place is not overrun by tourists. 3. It feels like sacred space.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We stumbled upon Imamiya Shrine while making our way to the more popular Daitokuji complex. The way to Imamiya Shrine is beautiful, you cross a trail of bamboo trees. The shrine itself is gorgeous - doesn't look like it's frequented by too many tourists, it looks more like a place frequented by worshippers, so there is a peace and tranquility... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We literally stumbled across this shrine while walking to another and I am glad I did. Wonderful buildings, small and tightly contained and very few tourists, there is a real sense of retained purpose in this shrine. If you have time for one more temple or shrine I would recommend this one.

Thank Peter S
Everywhere - Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Foreigner-friendly tourist attraction. They have maps in English and even a website in English. Great location. Easily accessible by bus. Just get off city bus # 46 at Imamiya Jinja Mae. The stop is right in front of the enormous main gate. Lots of beautiful nature including a bamboo forest surrounding the nearby Daitokuji Temple. This shrine is famous for... More 

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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.