This shrine's formal name is "Kamo-mioya-jinja" it is located sandwiched between the Kamogawa and Takano rivers. It was built during the Heian period (794-1185) and is one of the oldest places in Kyoto, and is a national treasure. It is very popular for people to come here to pray for peace.
The deities enshrined here are Kamo-Tamayori-hime and Kamo-Taketsune. The legend says that Tamayori-hime was purifying her body in the river and happened to pick up an arrow floating downstream. She picked up the arrow and put it on the river bank, which suddenly turned into a beautiful god. She married the god and had a child, and her child took on another aspect of the god and became a thunder god. Tamayori-hime is revered as a goddess of childbirth as such.
One of Kyoto's major festivals known as "Aoi" or the "Kamo Festival" is carried out here.
And part of the area is a national historic site, the Tadasu no Mori, where many Kyoto citizens come to walk.
Within the shrine are many other cultural areas and shrines from ancient times such as the Mitsui Shrine, the Mikage Shrine, the Kawai Shrine, and many more shrines. In 1994 the entire site was registered as a World Heritage Site.
Image Gallery: Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
Description: Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
|Sights||Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (下鴨神社)|
59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Japan
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-781-0010 / Fax: 075-781-4722|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 500yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|