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This is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto located in the middle of a primeval forest. In the forest that is conserved as a historic site by the government named “Tadasu no Mori,” there are two main buildings of the shrine which are national treasures and 53 shrine buildings considered to be important cultural properties. The whole area is designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Shimogamo Jinja and Kamigamo Jinja are both called Kamo-Sha, and both shrines hold one of Kyoto’s three big festivals, Aoi Matsuri on May 15th every year. There are many highlights such as the 30-meter high, vermillion gate called Rou-Mon, Aioi-Sha, a god of marriage, and Kawai Jinja that enshrines the god of victory, Yatagarasu.
- 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- Take bus No. 205 from Kyoto Station up to Shimogamo-Jinja bus stop (21 min); 7-min walk from Demachi Yanagi Station on Keihan Electric Railway; Car:40-min, 10 km from Kyoto Higashi Interchange on Meishin Kousoku highway.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
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Tadasu no Mori
All areas of this extensive forest are designated as a historic site by the Japanese government. Many shrines with Gods of financial success are scattered in the area and is loved by locals as a therapeutic forest filled with divine powers. Each season offers unique views, so you can enjoy no matter when you arrive.
After you walk along the approach of Tadasu no Mori and go through the tall shrine gate, you will see a 30-meter high, vermillion gate called Rou-Mon. The gate was rebuilt in 1628, and designated as an important cultural property. The sublime Rou-Mon is popular as a prime spot for taking photos.
Aioi-Sha is near Rou-Mon, and enshrines the God of marriage, a God that connects two people. There are two sacred trees that are intertwined. It is said that when these trees die, a similar set of trees will be found in Tadasu no Mori.