Walking through time–Kamigamo Shrine to Kitayama Stree

Walking through time–Kamigamo Shrine to Kitayama Stree

The Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in the city. This tour leads you through the area surrounding this shrine. You will explore the shrine, which is surrounded by a pleasant forest; a street lined with the former residences of priests; and a traditional shopping district. This area gives you a feeling of tranquility in the midst of the city.
Kamigamo jinja shrine

The Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, and is located in a splendid natural setting. Surrounded by many ancient trees, situated between two rivers, the air here has an invigorating and refreshing quality. Visitors enjoy taking pictures of the torii gate, with a glimpse of the sand pile heaped up in a shape of cone. You will encounter these and many other unforgettable views.


This traditional Japanese sweet shop is located in front of the Kamigamo Shrine, and offers only one item; its well-known ‘yakimochi’. This sweet is made of grilled mochi (soft rice cake) which contains smooth bean paste inside. People come here from a quite a distance for this refined taste. Eat this sweet shortly after buying it, since it will not even last to the next day.


The streets in this district are lined up with traditional houses that used to be inhabited by the priests of the Kamigamo Shrine. One of the houses, Nishimura-ke, is open to the public and informs us about the life of a Shinto priest. The water in the garden, brought from the river and returned to the river, has a profound meaning in Shintoism. Another attraction is a pickle shop nearby, where they deal in ‘suguki’, a pickle made widely in this area.

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