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This is probably the most interesting shrine, if you go at the right time of year. Probably any festival - and we attended one in August - has some interesting traditions. You can walk through a river with a lit candle; ring a gong; watch...More
While the shrine itself is certainly beautiful, it's fun to go near the end of July and attend the Mitarashi Festival. You can light a candle and walk through a knee-deep pool to place it at the shrine. In the summer heat, the cool water...More
It is one of the famous shrine of Kyoto. Aoi Matsuri is so beautiful traditional festival on May, so please check the schedule ahead of time and then plan to visit there.
Just walked through with young daughters also really good experience for me.
I think bus is convenient to get there, tourists is not so much, but this shrine is very old, beautiful, quiet and calm.
The Shrine looks lovely and there are hardly any tourists. It's a good place to go if you would like to get away from the huge tourist crowds that appear from the buses in other areas. When I visited, there were only a handful of...More
Shimogamo Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also had free entry and free bike parking. It was a pretty area with traditional red Japanese bridges crossing over a stream. The grounds of the shrine area covered a large area and there was a...More
This is a lovely old shrine in woodland on the north side of Kyo to. I was fortunate to visit during an annual festival in July, when you walk through the stream and drink its water. Such things help you to get a sense of...More
If you've seen any other shinto shrine, this doesn't really standout, but it's not crowded and it's really nice, so if you're close just take a look. I did it in the way to Shisendo and eventually the Silver Pavilion.
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.