Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine © Iry


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.


Get off the Keihan line at Demachiyanagi Station (出町柳駅) and it's a 12 minute walk. You can also take a 25-minute bus from the Kyoto JR's Kyoto Station (京都駅)

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Description: Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

Sights Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (下鴨神社)
Address 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Japan
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-781-0010 / Fax: 075-781-4722
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:06:30-17:00
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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