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Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto

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See the splendid architecture and learn about the historical importance of Kamigamo Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 678 CE, the shrine complements another downriver, with the two often seen as a pair. Dedicated to the "kami" (god) of thunder, the shrine has become particularly well known for its two sand cones, made for centuries as part of a regularly performed purification ritual. The shrine features a particularly well-preserved "haiden" (worship hall), rebuilt in 1629. Arrange to visit Kamigamo Shrine and other attractions in Kyoto using our Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .
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  • I visited on the first day Reiwa May 1st. As we passed through the vermilion torii, we were preparing for the horse race ceremony, one of the kamo horse races held on the 5th, in the midst of a drizzle. After the two torii, there is a white standing sand in front of the shrine that mimics the shinto mountain of the god body. There is a middle gate when it crosses the brook which flows through the precincts and it passes the tower gate. If you pay a 500 yen visit fee here, you can visit the shrine directly.
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  • I went there for the first time. It was a feeling that the approach was opened even if I took it. However, there was no shade on the approach, and it was 35 degrees on this day, so the sun was shining and it was pretty hot. I think that it is good to have a hat and a parasol on a hot day. The standing sand was very beautiful.
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