A touchstone for the people of Kyoto
Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama
The vast 12-hectare forest surrounding Shimogamo Shrine is called Tadasu no Mori, and it was already depicted in the Tale of Genji, written in 1008. The primeval forest is said to …morenever have been burnt down. Today many local people come here to relax. It is also frequently the site of cultural events, such as a major secondhand book fair held every summer.
In the area north of the shrine, called the Kitayama area, there are many relaxing spots: Kyoto Botanical Garden, which has around 120,000 plants; Nakaragi no Michi, which becomes a beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms in spring; and the banks of the Kamo River, which are a famous Kyoto sight.