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Shimogamo Jinja

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Address: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0807, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-781-0010
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Very beautiful garden and buildings, few tourists. We lucked out and saw a Shinto ceremony with archers on horseback.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's at the end of Keihan line Demachiyanagi station. Cross the river, you will follow a quiet path in the woods to the Shrine. You will definitely see the traditional religious ceremonies and interiors of dining rooms, as well as interesting new way of prayers... Not so interested into the Japanese religion, the architectures would attract your attention.

Thank petitfruit
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful garden and buildings, few tourists. We lucked out and saw a Shinto ceremony with archers on horseback.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having read good reviews about Shimogamo Jinja, we decided to make a trip down. However, we were somewhat let down because there was nothing particularly spectacular about the place. Furthermore, it was located quite some distance in from the main road (about 8mins walk). 30-45mins is sufficient for this attraction.

Thank CheeKianWing
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

You should definitely visit here for Yabusame held in May each year. Yabusame ( Samurai Archery ) is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets.This style of archery has its origins at the beginning of the Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo became... More 

Thank KarolaRS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

What a wonderful insight into Japanes culture! We were fortunate enough to be at the shrine when families were bringing their little ones to be blessed. Dressed in traditional kimonos these families were a delight to see, and we felt honored to witness the blessing ceremonies. A beautiful setting at one of Kyotos oldest shrines.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This is among the most beautiful shrines in Tokyo and the end point of the Aoi Festival. It is exquisite in its simplicity and serenity. If you are a walker, it is ideal to stroll say from Sanjo or Shijo along the Kamogawa River to the shrine. It is also near the train station that will take you to Kurama... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Tadasu no mori is a living forest in the heart of a modern city, and in the forest is a beautiful Shinto shrine. The guide books say that the forest has been more or less untouched since the third century BC. If you are looking for a respite from the city, this is a good place to visit, and it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We were in the woodland park that leads up to Shimogamo Jinja years ago for a yabusame, but we’d never visited the shrine and we read that it was in good autumn color. That may have been, but there really wasn’t much color on November 20: just a couple of ginkgoes and a maple or two which had half turned.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

It is said the forest of this shrine date back to Kyoto's primeval origins. They are hauntingly beautiful and peaceful as you walk to the shrine. In some ways the gardens are better. Orange gates, a pleasant walk through the shrine. Enjoyable but not spectacular. North of the palace after a brisk 15 minute walk. Visit if you have the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Mitarashi Matsuri, take places in July. Event that people wade through the little icy cold stream in front of the shrine, which means that it will bring you lucks and protect you from unfortunates and wash bad things out of you.

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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