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Kamigamo Shrine

#29 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 339 Kamigamomotoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8047 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-781-0011

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The great ancient shrines of Kyoto

Kamigamo and Shimogamo are the two oldest shrines in Kyoto. They tend not to be touristy, they're slightly off the beaten path and they're modest, but somehow still miraculous... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kamigamo and Shimogamo are the two oldest shrines in Kyoto. They tend not to be touristy, they're slightly off the beaten path and they're modest, but somehow still miraculous. I am totally a fan of Shimogamo which is at the fork of the Kamo River/Demachiyanagi. Go!

Thank hiart
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This walk was ok, nice enough, but I did think it would have a more magical feel about it. There were many people which took away from it. Some parts were definitely nicer than others. I would still say it is worth a visit, but probably not a must see. If you are seeing the monkeys or visiting the town,... More 

Thank Megsy72
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Kamigamo Shrine, located in the northern end of Kyoto, is one of the world heritage sites that the ancient capital has. From the entrance gate to the main building, there is a large lawn field, which is well maintained. It is very nice, indeed, to take a walk. The stream through the premises is called "Nara no Ogawa", and this... More 

Thank Kimitaka S
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

Both Kamigamo Shrine and its sister Shimogamo Shrine, in Northern Kyoto, merit visits. Kamigamo Shrine is the end-point for the magnificent Aoi Festival in May. It has beautiful eternal lawns and as the picture shows twin sand cones whose symbolism is subject to interpretation.

Thank warren D
Chicago Illinois
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Kamigamo is one of the most tranquil and beautiful Shinto shrines in Japan. Before visiting it read "Shinto: The Kami Way" to have a recognition of the buildings and symbols at Kamigamo. Look into all of the spaces. View the remote areas, listen to the water. Kamigamo is a bit remote, in the Northwest corner of Kyoto. It is a... More 

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

I found this shrine by accident after getting on the wrong bus. Worth it! This place has wide, peaceful grounds and apparently hosts an annual mounted archery contest.

Thank TheErrantWanderer
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest in Kyoto according to my understanding, and I could see that the Japanese visitors behaved in a more reverent/serious manner here. Not just a sightseeing place or museum. You can take photographs, but I would pay attention and follow the Japanese visitor's lead. Not too many foreign tourists here on the day I... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a must see. The covered walkways and raked sand gardens define serenity and contemplation. This is unique and nothing like it is available in the US or Europe as far as I've seen.

Thank Rolfe H
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

In Kyoto, this is on the 'must-see' list for good reason. In continuous use for centuries, the combination of setting and architecture result in an incredible experience. Be prepared, when we visited, everyone spoke Japanese, and understood very little English. Also the signs!

Thank Mitch_K2012
Greater Cincinnati
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Kamigamo Jinja is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. During the months between spring and fall, it is nice to dip your feet in the small creek to cool off from the humid Kyoto weather. On the 4th Sunday of the month, the grounds become full of vendors selling homemade wares ranging from pottery, to clothes, to pastries, to... More 

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