[Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-jinja Shrine)]
The oldest shrine in Kyoto, this is the famous venue of Aoi Matsuri, one of the three great festivals of Kyoto
Kamigamo-jinja Shrine is the oldest Shinto shrine in Kyoto. It is said to have been originally founded as the tutelary deity of the Kamo clan. It became a guardian shrine for the Imperial Palace when the capital was relocated from Nara to Kyoto at the beginning of the Heian Period, and is worshiped as a deity that wards off disasters and bad fortune. Between the first and second torii gates, there is a vast open lawn that is filled with cherry blossoms in the spring. The Nara-no-Ogawa River flows through here. The river features in a waka poem. The entire precinct holds over 60 shrine buildings. The elegant Honden (main shrine) and Gonden (temporary main shrine) are built in the sangensha-nagare-zukuri architectural style. They have been designated as National Treasures. The place is famous for its Shinto rituals, such as Kurabeuma on May 5 and Aoi Matsuri on May 15. The shrine has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
|Address||Kamigamo Motoyama 339, Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto|
|Phone||+81-75-781-0011 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
● Special admission
Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Shrine grounds are free to enter.
● Honden (main shrine) special admission fee 500 yen
|Access||Take the City Bus Route No. 9 from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 42 minutes, and alight at "Kamigamo Misonobashi".
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.
updated on Oct 1, 2019
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