Kamigamo Shrine is Kyoto’s oldest Shinto shrine. It was built in the year 678, during the rule of Emperor Tenmu. One of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, the Kamigamo Shrine complex is also designated as a Preservation Area of Historic Landscape and as a Historic Site by the government.
The name Kamigamo’s literal meaning is “Upper Kamo Shrine”. Whereas its sister shrine, Shimogamo shrine’s name means “Lower Kamo Shrine”. Both shrines are located near the Kamo river bank, a little further out from Kyoto city. Together, the Kamo Shrines host the annual Aoi Matsuri - one of Kyoto’s three most important festivals. Located in northern Kyoto, the shrines’ position is said to help ward off malignant spirits from Kyoto city and the Imperial Palace.
Kamigamo Shrine is dedicated to Kamowakeikazuchi no Ookami, the god of thunder. It is said that Princess Tamayori, daughter of Kamotaketsunumi of the ruling clan ‘Kamo’, found an arrow floating in the Kamo river. A mysterious deity appeared, and blessed her with a child when she brought the arrow home. This child later became the god of thunder which is now the ruling deity of Kamigamo Shrine.
The shrine is flanked by two large red torii gates, guarding the entrance to the massive complex. A small stream flows near the entrance of the compound, which is part of the body of water that eventually flows into Kamo river. Two large sand conical structures, known as Tatezuna, sit at the entrance of the main building. 34 other buildings within shrine grounds have also been designated as Important Cultural Properties.
Entrance to the shrine grounds is free, with free tours conducted in English every morning or via advance booking.
Romon Gates (Tower Gates) are imposing red structures built to mark entrances to important places in Japan. In Kamigamo Shrine, visitors cross a small red bridge over the water to get to the Romon Gate. The gate stands at the entrance to the Honden and Gonden buildings that lie within. Unlike torii gates, there are only a few sites in Japan that have Romon Gates.
Tatezuna are the large conical sand mounds sitting at the entrance of the main shrine building. It is said that their conical shape was constructed to represent the sacred Mt. Kouyama. Mt. Kouyama is the mountain in which the patron deity of Kamigamo Shrine is said to have descended from. The Tatezuna of Kamigamo Shrine are allegedly the inspiration for the practice of forming sand mounds or scattering sand at new construction sites to ward off evil.
Reconstructed in 1863, the Honden is the main shrine building. Gonden is an exact replica of the Honden, built as a backup for the shrine deity in case of any damage done to the original. Both are designated as National Treasures. Every year on May 15, Kyoto’s Aoi Matsuri is held at the Honden building.
20 minutes on foot from Kitaoji Station
15 minutes walk from Kitayama Station
30-minute bus ride #4 Kyoto City Bus from JR Kyoto Station get off at last stop Kamigamo Shrine
2명 이상이 함께 여행한다면, 가격은 조금 더 들지만 넓은 공간과 자유스럽고 호텔보다 더 편안한 숙소인 쿠라마구치안을 추천한다.
시조 카라스마의 호텔 닛코 프린세스 교토는 싱글 룸 (24㎡)부터 트윈 룸 (48㎡)까지 갖춘 넓적한 객실을 갖추고 있다. 호텔 스태프들은 트레이닝을 잘 받고 최고의 예절과 접대를 한다.
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