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Kamigamo Shrine
Kamigamo Shrine

Kamigamo Shrine

Free admission
339 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

The basics

Of the shrine buildings, the 17th-century worship hall, or haiden, is the most famous. Visitors also tend to flock to two sand cones that rest in front of the shrine’s main building. These structures are said to protect and purify the grounds. It’s an interesting place to visit if you want to soak up the spiritual atmosphere, but if you’re interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of its spiritual significance, you’re best off going with a guide or a tour.

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Things to know before you go

*Kamigamo Shrine is a must-visit for travelers who want to get off the often times crowded beaten path. *You’ll need to remove your shoes before entering the main temple. *Much of the shrine and its grounds are not wheelchair or stroller-friendly.

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How to get there

Kamigamo and its sister-shrine, Shimogamo, are situated in the ancient Tadasu no Mori, a preserved forest with trees that are over 600 years old. By train, the shrine can be reached in 30 minutes from Demachi-Yanagi Station or by a 15-mintue walk from Kitayama Station on the Karasuma Subway Line. By city bus, take #4 to the last stop, Kamigamojinja-mae.

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When to get there

The shrine is open throughout the year. Kamigamo’s esteemed history is celebrated every year during Aoi Matsuri, one of Kyoto’s three biggest festivals, which is held on May 15th. To celebrate the festival, a large procession dressed in Imperial garb from the days of the Heian period marches to the shrine.

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