Kamigamo Shrine is a Shinto
shrine located about 4 km northwest of Shimogamo Shrine
along Kamo River.
In Japanese, this shrine is called "Kamigamo Jinja" and the formal name is "Kamo-wakeikazuchi Jinja".
Accordind to Japanese myth, a god appeared on a mountain near current
Then it is said that this shrine was founded in 678.
It is sure that this shrine had been important with Shimogamo shrine since that time.
After going though the first Torii gate, there is the approach about
200 meters long.
Then after passing though the second Torii gate, there is Saiden shrine.
In front of Saiden, we find a pair of conical sand monuments called "Tatezuna". Each monument means the mountain where a god appered, and it is believed that the god comes down at these monuments when the festival is held.
After crossing a bridge, we pass through "Roumon gate".
Then we reach the front shrine to worship. Honden (Main shrine) and Gonden Shrine are behind this shrine. But we cannot take photos from here on.
Most of the buildings in this shrine were rebuilt in 1628, and they are
designated as important
Only Honden and Gonden Shrine are rebuilt in 1863, but they are designated as national treasures.
This shrine is one of 17 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" designated as a World Heritage Site.
Aoi Festival held with Shimogamo Shrine in May 15th is one of the major festivals in Kyoto.
Kyoto Imperial Palace