Kyoto #21: 上賀茂神社【Kamigamo shrine】

Fantastic Spiritual Shrine
Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto.

Kamigamo Shrine is said to be one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. Aoi Matsuri, one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, is one of the most popular events, along with the highlight of a historic shrine that has been registered as a World Heritage Site.


Kamigamo shrine

Kamigamo shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan along with Shimogamo shrine. It’s located at the foot of Kitayama, upstream of the Kamo River flowing through Kyoto. In addition, summer in Kyoto is hot and humid, but it is cooler than the city and is filled with very fresh air.

Two Great Torii Welcome to People…
Kamigamo Shrine is a short walk from the Kamogawa River, which runs through the center of Kyoto. It is about a 5-minute walk from the nearest bus stop, Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto City Bus. When you go to the precincts, you will see a torii gate. The grounds of Kamigamo Shrine are very large. From Ichi-no-Torii to Ni-no-torii, this long prayer road and lawn arena are widespread.

Ichi no Torii

Ni no Torii

Mai-den(Between Ichi and Ni torii)

What an Interesting Things…
There’s an interesting thing called Tatezuna, which are the two cone-shaped sand mounds in front of Hai-den represent Mt. Ko-Yama in which the deity resides. It may be difficult to understand it for detail, but it was surprisingly large and had a sacred atmosphere.



Kamigamo Shrine is a power spot that has benefits for good relations, marriage, fulfillment of love, eradication of disasters, elimination, and health. There are seasonal atmospheres such as spring cherry blossoms and snow scenes, and you can be healed by the clear air and the flow of pure water.


The Main shrine

Your Wish Comes True…
It’s not well known that there is a superpower spot which means a spiritual spot called “Ganjo“. It’s one of the cultural and interesting things in Kamigamo shrine. At first glance, it looks like a place where there are only rocks and plants, so most visitors pass by. However, the border is lined with a long line around it, which indicates that it’s a sacred area!! Let’s check it out and pray for your wish.



This time, we have introduced Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. When you come to Kyoto, you should visit there to see traditional architectures and sculptures. You can experience awesome atmosphere there.


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・ Open: 8:30-17:00

・Admission Fee: ー
・Special viewing: 500yen(Adult)

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