Shimogamo-jinja

  • Address: 59 Izumigawa-chō, Shimogamo, Saikyō-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture ( rough location)
  • Dedicated to: Tamayorihime, Kamotaketsunumi
  • Founded: 90 B.C. (?)

Kamo-mioya-jinja is the formal name of this shrine. Together with Kamigamojinja (Kamo-wakeikazuchi-jinja), called Kamo-jinja, tutelary shrines of the Kamo Clan in ancient times. Famous Aoimatsuri (Aoi Festival) is held on every 15th of May in honor of these two shrines. Mioya, honored parents, refers to the mother and grand father of Wakeikazuchi, the deity dedicated in Kamigamojinja.






Near the entrance to the East Approach
(Bigger sign says "Kamo-mioya-jinja" and the smaller "Shimogamo-jinja")




A small monument of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site




The Torii at the end of West Approach




"Shinpuku-den", Hall of the Clothing for the Deities
(in the olden times they are prepared here)




"Rōmon", two-storied gate




"Mai-dono", where the music and dances were dedicated to the Deities




Mai-dono seen from "Hondō", the Main Hall




"Honden", Main Hall - 1




"Honden", Main Hall - 2
(fine bamboo blind bordered with brocade)




Lantern with the emblem of this shrine "Futaba-aoi"
(Asarum caulescens), sometimes mistranslated as Hollyhock




"Mitarashi-ike", a pool for the ablution at the time of Aoi Matsuri, etc.




A sign explaining the river Mitarashi and the Prunus of Korin




The Prunus of (Ogata) Korin, celebrated Painter of the Edo period
(This prunus is said to be the model of his famous screen "Kōbai-hakubai-zu-byōbu")




Brilliant yellow leaves of ginkgo




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