Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

Area North
Category Shrine / World Heritage


On the delta where the Kamo and Takano rivers meet in Kyoto lies an expansive primeval forest roughly 124,000 square meters in area called the "Tadasu no Mori." On the northern side of the Tadasu no Mori lies the Shimogamo shrine formally known as the Kamo-mioya shrine. It is among the oldest of Kyoto's temples and shrines, with records of wall repairs existing from as far back as 90 BCE. Also, the shrine, together with the Kamigamo shrine, is famous for holding the Aoi Matsuri, one of Kyoto's three main festivals in which a procession of over 500 people clad in late Heian period dress march from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, pass through the Shimogamo shrine and head towards the Kamigamo shrine. In addition, as a part of the festival, a yabusame horseback archery exhibition takes place in the Tadasu no Mori where archers attempt to hit three targets using arrows shot from atop a galloping horse.


The entrance to the Tadasu no Mori. Upon exiting, you can see the large torii gate that marks the approach to the shrine.


(L) You can see the torii gate from the path to the shrine. Shimogamo shrine is just up ahead.
(R) After passing through the torii, the vivid vermilion façade of the romon, or tower gate, appears.



Inside the shrine. There are over 50 structures on the shrine grounds, almost all of which have been designated as important cultural properties.

Address 59 Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 606-0807, Japan
Tel 075-781-0010
Open 6:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Admission ■Oidono Entrance
500 yen - General
250 yen - Elementary School Students and under
Access 1 minute walk from City Bus Stop Shimogamo-jinja Mae
10 minute walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station

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