Kamigamo-jinja Shrine

Area North
Category Shrine / World Heritage


Kamigamo-jinja Shrine is located in the north of Kyoto. Those of you who were wondering whether it has some relation to the similarly named Shimogamo-jinja Shrine are quite sharp. you're right, as each shrine is dedicated one of two Gods which have a parent-child relationship together, and the two shrines have the collective designation "Kamo Shrine." Kyoto's famous Aoi Matsuri ("Hollyhock Festival"), as it is also related to this shrine, is formally known as Kamo Matsuri, and it features a procession numbering over 500, dressed in the clothing of the Heian Period, who depart from Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and then head for Kamigamo-jinja Shrine by way of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine.


The path going through the first torii (gate) at the entrance to the shrine and continuing on to the second torii. It sure feels nice to go for a walk surrounded by the open field.



The photograph in the upper row at the left shows the sand mounds to which the God is said to have descended.
The photograph in the upper row at the right shows the chozuya (purification pavilion). Found at shrines and temples, this is for washing your hands before you enter to worship.
The white horse in the photograph in the lower row at the left is known as the "Shinme"(a horse dedicated to the shrine) and plays a role in religious services in events such as the Aoi Matsuri.


You can go for an enjoyable stroll through the temple grounds amid its plentiful natural beauty. sometimes families go for dips and play in the stream.

Address 339 Kamigamo-Motoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 603-8047, Japan
Tel 075-781-0011
Open 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Admission Free
(500 yen - Special admission for Hon-den and Gon-den Halls)
Access City Bus Stop Kamigamo-jinja-mae

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