Shimogamo Shrine

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(Japan, 〒606-0807 Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Shimogamo Izumikawacho, 59)

Shimogamo Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the oldest and most revered shrines in Japan, dating back to the 6th century. Known locally as “Shimogamo-jinja,” this shrine is a popular destination for travelers seeking a taste of Japan’s rich cultural heritage.

The Shimogamo Shrine complex is situated at the base of the beautiful Mount Katsuragi and is composed of several buildings, including the main sanctuary, the Mitarai Pond, and the Tadasu no Mori forest. Visitors to the shrine can enjoy strolling through the forest and admiring the beautiful trees and foliage that change with the seasons.

The shrine is dedicated to two deities: the Kamo Wakeikazuchi and the Kamo Taketsunumi, who are believed to protect Kyoto and the surrounding area from natural disasters and other misfortunes. The shrine’s history and significance to the local community have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

In addition to its spiritual significance, Shimogamo Shrine is also known for its annual Aoi Matsuri festival. This festival is one of Kyoto’s three major festivals and is held on May 15th each year. During the festival, participants dress in traditional Heian period clothing and parade through the city, carrying flowers and other offerings to the shrine.

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