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15 must-see spots when you come to Japan

The best scenery of autumn tints in Kyoto Vol.1

In autumn, the whole city of Kyoto is beautifully colored by red and yellow leaves. Here we collected Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples renowned as best spots of autumn tints in Kyoto. It is highly recommended to visit these sites when you come to Japan in fall. >>Check out "The Best Scenery of Autumn Tints in Kyoto Vol.2"



The unique landscape of vermillion-lacquered gate, bridge and red leaves could be seen only at Kamigamo Jinja Shrine. 



Kamigamo Jinja Shrine  

Take a Detour Drive in Autumn Colored Town
A brook shaded by maple trees makes the visitor feel relaxed in the spacious ground of Kamigamo Jinja Shrine. The combination with the streetscape of the neighborhood makes the scenery quainter.

“Kyoto Walk with Flowers and Autumn Leaves” responsibly edited by “Today, KYOTO, Tomorrow”, 2014/ Flower Photo by Akira Nakata/ Report by Akiko Okita Published on 14.11.05

Kamigamo Jinja Shrine

Oldest shrine in Kyoto where a God of nature is enshrined

"Ichi no Torii” shrine gate comes into view after passing over the traditional houses with earthen walls.  Kamono Jinja Shrine is formally called Kamo Wake Ikazuchi Jinja Shrine. The origin dates back to the ancient time when the deity, Kamo Wake Ikazuchi no Mikoto, descended on the mountain located on the north-northwestern direction of Kyoto.  There is a record indicating that this shrine was been already built in 678 and worshiped as a God for guardian of the imperial palace and kimon (unlucky) direction. This shrine also has been worshipped as the God of nature warding of misfortunes and thunder. There are many auxiliary shrine and affiliated sub-shrines in the shrine. Kataoka Jinja Shrine as the first sanctuary situated in front of the Ro-mon Gate which enshrines Tamayori Hime no Mikoto, a mother of Kamo Wake Ikazuchi no Mikoto. Tamayori Hime no Mikoto is known as its benefit for matchmaking and conception as it is said that she was blessed with Kamo Wake Ikazuchi no Mikoto, holding one arrow captured from a river. It is also said that Murasaki Shikibu used to visit this shrine to make a wish for fruition of her love, describing her sorrowful feeling feelings in her poems. Traditionally, people visit Kataoka Jinja Shrine first, then visit the main sanctuary.

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Published on 14.11.05