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Facts & Figures

Shimogamo Shrine (also known as Shimogamo-jinja) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest and most important Shinto Shrines in Japan. Shimogamo (lit. Lower Kamo Shrine) belongs to the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and is part of the Kamo Shrines including Kamigamo-jinja (lit. Upper Kamo Shrine). Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
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The East Main Hall (higashi honden) and West Main Hall (nishi honden) of the shrine are designated National Treasures and 53 shrine buildings considered to be important cultural properties. Visit these shrines, located within the ancient Tadasu-no-Mori forest, during the Aoi Festival, when huge processions are held between these sacred places.

  • Shimogamo Shrine:
  • Opening Hours - 5:30 am to 6:00 pm (during summer-time)
  • Opening Hours - 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (during winter-time)
  • Closed - always open, whole year
  • Admission Fee - free

History

Shimogamo Shrine is dating back to the 6th century. The gods enshrined here are Tamayorihime no Mikoto and Kamotaketsunomi no Mikoto. After 794 when Kyoto was designated as the capital of Japan the shrines (Shimogamo and Kamigamo) were seen as the guardian deities of the capital by the Heian Imperial court.

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Shimogamo Shrine is located within the Sakyo district in Kyoto at the junction of the Kamo and Takano rivers.
Address: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Shimogamo Shrine?

  • 10min walk from Demachi-Yanagi Station served by Keihan Line
  • 30min from Kyoto St. to Shimogamo-jinja mae bus stop by Kyoto City Bus 4 and 205

Sightseeing spots

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Main Hall - built in the Sangensha Nagare-zukuri style with a cypress roof, the style is common everywhere in Japan

East and West Main Shrine buildings - considered as National Treasures

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

Arashiyama Mifune Matsuri (third Sunday of May)
The first part is held at the Kuramazaki Shrine. Later a procession is leading to the Oi River, where more ceremonies and traditional dances (Funa Asobi) are held. The Arashiyama Mifune Matsuri started in 1914.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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