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“Wonderful Shrine in a Wonderful Neighborhood”
Review of Kamigamo Shrine

Kamigamo Shrine
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Ranked #40 of 1,388 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed 2 May 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 delightful Japanese craft fair and also a horsemanship display on the large grassy lawn in front of the shrine. There were very few tourists in sight and many Japanese families picnicking along the side of a small stream meandering through the area where children were wading and laughing. There were several traditional wedding groups in the Shrine itself. Beautiful! The Shrine and grounds are so beautiful and quiet compared to some of the other Kyoto sights with mobs of tourists. It was really such a delightful place to visit. Later, as suggested by a reviewer a few pages below, we strolled through a pretty nearby neighborhood with beautiful gardens and small parks on our way to the Kitayama Station and neighborhood.

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Reviewed 15 April 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 but prestigious about it.

Thank Jude T
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Reviewed 14 April 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. The Shrine had free entry and free bike parking nearby. This is a good place to come to if you are interested in history and culture.

Thank JonHSydney
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Reviewed 26 October 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.

Thank David F
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Reviewed 3 October 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 Kamigamo, follow the small stream and make sure to pick up a local snack as well. Some yummy tsukemono, pickles.

Thank Cheryl B
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