Shrine in the middle of a sacred grove in the middle of Kyoto
Shimogamo Shrine is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The shrine is surrounded by the forest called Tadasu no Mori, or Forrest of Correction. The forest is really vast considering it is in the middle of Kyoto. The fresh air of the forest is sure to make you feel relaxed. It is said the shrine was founded in the 6th century, making it one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. There are many smaller shrines on the grounds, and at these shrines you can pray for good relationships, happy marriage, or you can pray at an altar dedicated to your Chinese zodiac.