Kamo-wake ikazuchi Jinja (Kamigamo-jinja Shrine)

This shrine in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, enshrines the patron god of the Kamo clan. It is said the shrine was founded in 678 when the god Kamowakeikazuchi no Okami descended to the foot of Mt. Kamosan during the reign of Emperor Jimmu. The god is said to protect against misfortune, grant good fortune, victory in battle, and protect the power industry. The main hall and temporary shrine are both National Treasures and were last rebuilt in 1863 while the 34 worship halls rebuilt in 1628 are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. On May 15th they hold the Aoi Festival, one of Kyoto's three largest festivals, and many people come to watch the procession which is put on in Heian-period costumes.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kamigamomotoyama 339
[Opening hours for worship]5:30-17:00(Subject to change during festivals)
open everyday
[Special worship first ear fee] Adults 1 person 500yen etc.
Parking Lot
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Available (visitor parking lot)
Wheelchair accessible

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Lovely
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.01.13
    lovely buildings and gardens to walk around, history of these places is amazing. Very tranquil and so clean.
  • New Years Visit
    4.0 Reviewed:2021.01.03
    We walked along the Kamo River from Shimogamo Shrine to Kamigamo Shrine. If you have the time, it’s a nice walk. It was busy because it was the first day of the year.
  • Beautiful Shrine
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.12.13
    It had been founded in 678 but burnt and rebuilt in later years. The site coverage was large and particularly beautiful during autumn foliage falls. An important Shinto sanctuary on the banks of...

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