One of Kyoto’s least visited but most historically important shrines, Kamigamo-jinja Shrine is a great place to catch your thoughts up north.
It’s quite a trek from Downtown Kyoto to Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, but it’s worth the effort for fans of Shinto shrines. Of course, if you’ve got a bicycle, this scenic little shrine makes a great turnaround point for a long journey up the banks of the Kamo-gamo River. If you’re lucky, they’ll be a traditional wedding happening when you’re at the shrine.
If you’re in town on the fourth Sunday of the month, be sure to check out the Kamigamo-jinja shrine handicraft market held here.
Name in English:
Kamigamo-jinja (Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja) Shrine
Name in Japanese:
339 Kamigamo-Motoyama, Kita-ku
8:30am-4pm inside of Romon gate
Non-smoking area: Yes
In front of Kamigamojinja-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 37 from Kitaoji Station, Karasuma subway line
Official site (English)
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