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Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto

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See the splendid architecture and learn about the historical importance of Kamigamo Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 678 CE, the shrine complements another downriver, with the two often seen as a pair. Dedicated to the "kami" (god) of thunder, the shrine has become particularly well known for its two sand cones, made for centuries as part of a regularly performed purification ritual. The shrine features a particularly well-preserved "haiden" (worship hall), rebuilt in 1629. Put Kamigamo Shrine into our Kyoto vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kyoto.
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  • Spring held, AOI and weeping cherry trees, pleasant precinct Iris (OTA shrine) and the company town of.
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  • Kamigamo and Shimogamo are the two oldest shrines in Kyoto. They tend not to be touristy, they're slightly off the beaten path and they're modest, but somehow still miraculous. I am totally a fan of S...  more »
  • This walk was ok, nice enough, but I did think it would have a more magical feel about it. There were many people which took away from it. Some parts were definitely nicer than others. I would still s...  more »