The oldest shrine in Kyoto is still very lively
The official name of this shrine is Kamo-wake-ikazuchi Shrine. It is registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Kamigamo Shrine is said to be the oldest one in Kyoto, though some accounts say that Shimogamo Shrine is actually older. According to some accounts Kamigamo Shrine was also the birthplace of horse riding in Japan, and even to this day there is a horse riding event every May. In this event two riders race against each other and if the rider on the left lane wins, a taiko drum is beaten, whereas if the rider on the right wins a gong is struck.
Also worth a mention is Kataoka Shrine that is located on the Kamigamo Shrine premises. At this temple you can pray for good marriage luck, and it is also said Murasaki Shikibu who wrote The Tale of Genji, visited this shrine and after that got married.