One of the most historic shrines in Kyoto, Kamomioya-jinja Shrine, also known as “Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine”. “Aoi Matsuri Festival” performed in Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine, which continues from the past, is famous and it is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto. It is also registered as a World Heritage Site, this shrine full of history and nature, you can stroll in all seasons very comfortably every season, spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Kamomioya-jinja Shrine has been known as “Shimogamo-san” and “Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine” because the shrine is located downstream of the Kamogawa River, the center town of Kyoto. There are 55 buildings of National Treasures and Important Cultural Heritage sites, which has a taste like a shrine of world heritage. When you cross the “Tadasu-no-mori Forest”, a vermillary torii and a tower will emerge, and the vivid and beautiful contrast by nature’s green and vermillion will spread.
There are records of the fence surrounding the honden (main hall) being repaired in BC 90 and some theories claim that the shrine may have been established around this time. Later that, in the Nara period, Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine appeared as a stage of the “Genji Monogatari” (tale of Genji) and “Makura no soshi” (the Pillow Book). About 400 years after 810, Sai-in (Imperial Princess appointed to serve the deities of the Kamo-jinja Shrines) was placed.
There are also many historic buildings here, and it is also registered in the World Cultural Heritage. While walking leisurely with the long front approach while taking a deep breath, you will feel that the body is being cleansed by the power of healing of forests. You can see autumn leaves in autumn and snow scene in winter, you can feel the seasons of nature as it is.
Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine is a venerable sacred spot that gathered the essence of Kyoto. There are nice shooting spots around the precincts, so do not miss it. This is a spot you want to visit throughout the year, including cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green in early summer, autumn leaves in autumn, snowy scenery in winter, while enjoying forest bathing.
Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine, official name “Kamo-Mioya-Jinja”, is in the triangle of land inserted into Kamogawa and the Takano river which flows through Kyoto. Generally “Shimogamo-Jinja” which is a popular name is better known. An enshrined deity’s Kamotaketsunumi-no-mikoto is God that opened ancient Kyoto Yamashiro.
The history of Shimogamo-Jinja is old, and it is informed that it was always the holy place and having existed at some distant period of the past before Heiankyo was erected. The record that repair of the fence of the shrine was performed around B.C. 90 also remains. When Heiankyo is erected, it is told that erection prayer was performed by Shimogamo-Jinja. Thereafter it was established as a Shinto shrine to pray for peace of the nation.
Along with Kamigamo-Jinja Shrine, it is Kyoto’s oldest Shinto shrine. It appears in the many historic literary works including The Tale of Genji. It is designated as the important cultural property, and also registered with world heritage.
There are 600 trees of the 600~200 years old in the forest opening around the precincts and is saved as a historic spot of the countries. You can enjoy the color of seasonal trees.
Moreover, the “Team Lab” which produces a variegated art work with full use of technology held the event “the festival of the light in the woods of Tadasu” in 2016. It is a mystical art in which the light of trees or a tone sounds changes in response to a motion of man and an animal.
|Address:||Shimogamoizumigawacho 59 Kyoto Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0807 Japan|
|Access:||Keihan-dentetsu Outo-sen Line “Demachiyanagi-eki Station” (12 minutes walk)|
|Price:||500 yen (Adult)
250 yen (Under 12 years old)