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Officially known as "Kamomioya" Shrine, it is one of the oldest Shrines in Kyoto. It is the Kamo ancient royal family's shrine, and together with the Kamikamo Shrine, are collectively known as "Kamo" Shrine. The main hall, a National Treasure, was rebuilt in 1863. It is composed of 2 buildings: the west hall is for the worship of the Great ancestor of the Kamo clan, "Taketsunomi no Mikoto," and the east hall is for the worship of his daughter, "Tamayorihime no Mikoto." There are 53 other halls in the shrine, all of which are important cultural assets and are designated historical sites. One of Kyoto's biggest festivals is held here on May 15, the "Aoi Festival," which is an important festival that features people in costumes parading from the Imperial Palace to Shimogamo Shrine. Another famous event is the "Kemari hajime," an elegant nobleman's game which involves kicking a ball made of deer skin to one another.
59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto
Worshipping is free
The guiding God, “Shimogamo.”
A 12-minute walk from Eizan Rail/Keihan Rail Demachiyanagi Station
40 minutes by car from Kyoto-East Interchange via Meishin Expressway
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