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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