Shimogamo-jinja is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. Its history goes back to ancient times. This shrine was originally established for the purpose of worshipping as a deity the head of the Kamo family, who wielded great power in this region at one time. The main shrine, which enshrines the deity, is designated as a National Treasure. It was rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century.There are the two main buildings: the sanctuaries (the buildings which enshrine the deity) on the east and west sides of the white sand-covered grounds. In addition, there are 25 other sanctuaries of this shrine. Twenty-two of these other sanctuaries are designated by the national government as Important Cultural Properties. The shrine precinct is designated by the national government as an historical site. The Aoi Matsuri held jointly by the shrines Kamigamo-jinja and Shimogamo-jinja every 15 May is one of the most important festivals in Kyoto.
Address: 59 Shimogamo-Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/30-min. ride/Shimogamo-jinja-mae Stop/2-min. walk