One of the main features in Shimogamo Shrine before Aoi Matsuri
Shimogamo Shrine is one of the World Heritage Sites chosen by UNESCO. The shrine is surrounded by trees emitting fresh air to its surroundings making visitors feel very relaxed. The history of the Shimogamo Shrine extends at least two thousand years and it is one of the oldest in Japan. Yabusame-shinji is held annually as part of Aoi Matsuri, the flagship festival of Shimogamo Shrine. The festival commences on May 3rd with the Yabusame-shinji, a display of Heian period horseback archery. Donning the costumes of court nobles, the archers majestically aim and shoot targets throughout the forest (referred to the official website). This event will be held on the pedestrian approach to the shrine.