Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-jinja Shrine) | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

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[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.
URL https://www.kamigamojinja.jp/english/

updated on Oct 1, 2019

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