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Shrine surrounded by the trees of Tadasu-no-mori
Shimogamo Shrine/ 下鴨神社
Shimogamo Shrine is one of the world heritage sites chosen by UNESCO. The shrine is approximately 30 acres, about the same size of three Tokyo domes. The shrine is surrounded by trees from the woods known to be called, "Tadasu-no-mori". Fresh air is emitted to its surroundings making visitors feel very relaxed. The shrine is founded in the 6th century making it one of the oldest in Japan. The sub shrines inside Shimogamo Shrine have specific purposes such as blessings for good relationships, for...more happy marriage, or for blessings towards the gods of zodiac signs as explained below in the "Must See!" section.
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Must See !
Kamo-no-yashiro (zodiac shrines)
Notice the series of sub shrines representing the zodiac signs. As Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, many legends and stories roam inside. The stories of the zodiac signs are charming examples of the tales being told by those who have come across the shrine with influences such as from the Chinese. As there are no signs in English, it may be a good idea to review how your zodiac sign is written in Japanese beforehand. There are ema (wooden plaques for writing wishes) here w...moreith pictures and writing of zodiac signs. Take a look around and give blessings to the god of your zodiac sign.
Must See !
As you go into the shrine from Shimogamo Street, you will see a red bridge ahead. Check out the arch on this bridge. Although the bridge is refrained from anyone going through it, you can only imagine walking up that arch and its purpose back in the day.
Must Do !
Make A Wish For Future Good Relationship/Match-making
The purpose of this sub shrine is for blessing the god of good relationships or match-making. At the shop next to the wishing altar, you can buy an ema (wooden plaque) to write your wish to the god of relationships. Hang the ema next to the altar and make your blessings.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Be thoughtful of others who are making their blessings. As there are proper method in making the blessings, give each person enough time and space to make their wish.
|Categories||Temples & Shrines|
|Address||59, Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0807|
|Directions||12-minute walk from Keihan Line Demachiyanaghi Stn.
[From JR Kyoto Station]
From JR Kyoto Station, take the city bus line 205 toward Shijo Kawaramachi Kitaoji Bus Terminal and get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae. (30 min.)
|Hours||6am - 5:30pm
|Notes||Take the English information sheet if needed which includes the explanation in how to worship as well as general information about the shrine and a map. You can find the information sheet at the amulet office located on the left side after you pass the torii gate if you are coming from Shimogamo St.|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
No signs in English available
|Information||Japanese and English|
|Languages spoken||Japanese only|