Kamo Shrines is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. it i the general term used for an important Shinto Sanctuary complex on both banks of the Kamo River in northeast Tokyo. The Kamo Shrines includes Kamigamo Shrines and Shimogamo Shrine.
The Shimogamo Shrine or the Lower Kamo Shrine is located at the junction of the Takano and Kamo rivers. While the Kamigamo Shrine or Upper Kamo Shrine is located for about three and a half kilometers upriver from Shimogamo Shrine,
The Kamo Shrines considered as the oldest shrines in Kyoto and it is also known for the Aoi Festival being celebrated for over 1500 years.
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The Shimogamo Shrine and the Kamigamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine is a 15 minute walk from Demachi-Yanagi Station on the Keihan Line. Alternatively, Kyoto City Bus number 4 bound for Kamigamojinja-mae can be taken from the station to Shimogamojinja-mae bus stop directly beside the shrine.
Kamigamo Shrine can be reached in 30 minutes from Demachi-Yanagi Station or Shimogamo Shrine by Kyoto City Bus number 4. Get off at the last stop, Kamigamojinja-mae. Alternatively, the shrine can be reached in a 15 minute walk from Kitayama Station on the Karasuma Subway Line.
The shrine is open from 5:30am to 6:00pm. Monday to Friday. Admission is free.
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