Shimogamo Shrine is one of the two riverside shrines that hosts Kyoto's biggest festival — the Aoi Matsuri. Located in northern Kyoto, both Shimogamo and Kamigamo shrines are intentionally placed to ward off evil and protect the city. In 1994, Shimogamo Shrine was deemed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Situated among the peaceful Kamogawa and Takanogawa rivers, Shimogamo Shrine is a popular place for visitors during summer. The shrine grounds are venues for multiple unique summer festivals, such as firefly-viewing events and horse archery shows. The entrance to the shrine grounds is marked by a huge red torii gate, where you can see the imposing Karamon gate structure within.
It's said that the thunder god Wakeikazuchi was born after a deity blessed the goddess Tamayorihime-no-mikoto while she was purifying herself at the Kamo River. While at the river, the goddess noticed an arrow in the water — after picking it up, the arrow turned into a god. She married this god and then gave birth to a son, who eventually became the Shimo & Kami gamo shrines' Wakeikazuchi god of thunder.
15-minute walk from Denmachi-Yanagi Station (Keihan Line)
5-minute bus ride from Denmachi-Yanagi Station to Shimogamojinja-mae stop (via city bus no. 4)
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