The Kamigamo Shrine on the banks of the Kamo river was established in 678 and is dedicated to Kamo Wake-ikazuchi, the kami of thunder. It is part of the Kamo-jinja along with the Shimogamo Shrine, and is believed to protect Kyoto from evil. One of the oldest and most important shrines in the city, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is most famous for the tatesuna, the two large sand cones in front of the Sai-Den, which represent the sacred Kovama mountains.
339 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8047, Japan
Nearest Transit: Kitayama (Line: Karasuma)
Kamigamo Shrine and Nearby Attractions on Map
Kinkaku-ji Temple(3 km)
Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist attraction in Kyoto.
Shimogamo Shrine(0.1 km)
The Shimogamo Shrine, formally known as the Kamo-mioya-jinja, is dedicated to the goddess Tamayori-hime and her father, Kamo Taketsunomi.
Daitokuji Temple(1.8 km)
The Daitokuji is a large Zen Buddhist temple complex with 24 smaller sub-temples, of which 8 are open to the public.
The 17th century Entsu-ji Temple is known for its Shakkei gardens that focus on Mount Hiei, which is framed by the trees here.
Imamiya Shrine(1.8 km)
The Imamiya Shrine was built in 994 to appease gods and ward off the disease that was plaguing Heian-kyo (Kyoto).
Kyoto Botanical Garden(1.5 km)
Japan's first botanical garden, the Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden on the banks of the Kamo river is a popular place for plum blossom viewing in February - early March and hanami in April.
Kamo Shrine(0.1 km)
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