Shimogoryo-jinja is a small shrine located near the southeast corner of Kyoto Gyoen. It was built during the Heian period, along with Kamigoryo-jinja to the north, to quiet the wrathful spirits of those who had died unjustly. The word "goryou" is a respectful term for the spirits of the deceased. So as you can guess, here those spirits are venerated as gods. At that time, natural disasters and outbreaks of disease were thought to be the doing of souls who had died bearing a grudge. Thus, those souls were feared, and shrines such as this one were built to appease them and, hopefully, preserve peace.
The well water that fills the hand cleansing stations at Shimogoryo-jinja has a reputation for being delicious, so people come from near and far just for a taste.
Since this is a small shrine, it doesn't have that many visitors. It is quiet and relaxed. The shrine is also free of admission, so it could be good for a short break from busy sightseeing or walking around the city.
324 Shintomicho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
|Open||9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.|
|Access||1 minute walk from City Bus Stop Kawaramachi-Marutamachi 7 minute walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi Station|