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Kamo-wake ikazuchi Jinja (Kamigamo-jinja Shrine) (賀茂別雷神社(上賀茂神社))

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.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kamigamomotoyama 339 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

phone 0757810011

[Opening hours for worship]5:30-17:00(Subject to change during festivals)

Review of Kamigamo Shrine

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Reviewed:2019/12/13 Beautiful Shrine
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...
Reviewed:2019/12/03 Open days and evenings
Another beautiful shrine at the end of the main street and very easily accessible. Surrounded by food stalls and while we were there plant arrangements and massive paper lanterns which are then lit...
Reviewed:2019/07/12 Large shrine
Very large shrine. We were slightly disappointed with this one because it consisted of a number of buildings which could not be accessed ie you could not see inside.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kamigamomotoyama 339 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
[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
Available 170spaces
Credit Card
Not available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.