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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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Great and Beautiful Shrine; Wonderful Place to be on New Year's Eve (or any time)

This is just a lovely shrine. Not really out of the way, but tourists don't think about it because it isn't one of the "fancy" shrines. But walk from Central Kyoto along the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
new york city
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very big shrine! Not so many tourists come here, so you can walk around and enjoy the religious atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is just a lovely shrine. Not really out of the way, but tourists don't think about it because it isn't one of the "fancy" shrines. But walk from Central Kyoto along the Kamogawa and follow the river at it's fork into the park that leads to Shimogamo. This is Kyoto history at it's lovliest.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Shimogamo is a lovely shrine to visit on any given day, with a very picturesque stream and many smaller shrines dotted around the area as well as a beautiful woodland area on the road leading to the main shrine. However, it stands out because of it many festivals and events. Throughout the year there are several, the most famous of... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Another world heritage site in Kyoto. While not as glamorous as many other temple attractions in Kyoto, it does offer a nice treed environment for a leisurely stroll.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The day that we visited there was a wedding, a traditional japanese wedding which was pretty cool to see that. And not much tourist at this one, maybe because it´s out of the reach? It was nice to be away from crowded tourist

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 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.

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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 

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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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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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