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    Kamigamo Jinja Shrine

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    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.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC
    Fujin-gaho,February issue,2012


    Name Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
    Address 339 Kamigamo Motoyama Kita-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-781-0011
    Hours Entry (gate open): 8:00-17:00 (from 8:30 between Nov. - Mar.)
    Recommended Aoi Matsuri Festival (Kamo Matsuri) is one of the three largest festivals in Kyoto dedicated to Kamigamo Jinja Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja Shrine.