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Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
More than 200 years before Kyoto would be named the capital of Japan in 794, construction on the Shimogamo-jinja Shrine began. One of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan and one of the 17 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Shimogamo Jinja rests at the intersection of the Takano and Kamo rivers in the midst of 600 year old trees in the ancient Tadasu no Mori forest.

Throughout the more than 1,000 years that Kyoto reigned as Japan's capital city, the Imperial Court patronized the Shimogamo Shrine and its neighbor, Kamigamo Shrine, to bring food fortune, protection, and prosperity to the city. Today, the 53 buildings in the shrine complex provide a respite from city life, welcoming visitors into a natural setting where peace and tranquility abound.

Practical Info

Kyoto City Bus number 4 runs directly from Kyoto Station to the Shimogamojinja-mae bus stop beside the shrine. The bus takes 5 minutes and costs 220 yen ($3USD). Alternatively, the shrine is a 15 minutes walk from Demachi-Yanagi Station on the Kehan Line. The shrine hours are 6:00am-5:00pm year-round, and the entrance fee is 500 yen ($5USD).
Address: Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Hours: Daily 6am-5pm
Admission: 500¥
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Cycling at Kyoto Higashiyama (Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Gion, etc)

Cycling at Kyoto Higashiyama (Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Gion, etc)

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Let’s ride on a bike to explore Higashiyama, the most popular area among Kyoto, where many famous temples and shrines concentrated in. This area is well-known about its jam-up, since thousands of tourists visit at all times of the year. Resulted in overcrowded buses and even if you are luckily get in, the bus may not move forward. There are so many bus services provided by several companies which makes you confused. Yet people surround you maybe also tourists like you who know little about the area. Let’s not waste your time reading maps, waiting for buses, and traffic jams. After we leave Kyoto station, we will guide you several places: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Tetsugaku-no-michi Street (the philosophers' path), Eikando, and Nanzenji temple. We continue pedaling to Gion area then the most busiest area of Kyoto, Sanjyo and Shijyo-kawaramachi. You can either drop the bike at the place where the tour ends or keep pedaling until Kyoto station.
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  • 8 hours
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Kyoto Cycling Tour with E-bike

Kyoto Cycling Tour with E-bike

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I will for sure surely enjoy it and be able to make you a great memory since you can bike without feeling tired. 6 PM after the tour without any extra fee. You may visit the places we have already stayed again or find your own way! For a more personal tour experience, we have a small tour group.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Kyoto culture with the expert: Kimono, Zen, Sake (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Kyoto culture with the expert: Kimono, Zen, Sake (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

A relaxed bike ride (12km) and introduction to many aspects of Japan's history and culture, led by a former Zen monk with MA degree in Japanese Studies. Avoid the tourist crowds and immerse yourself in culture and history. Optional trekking or e-bikes in different sizes. Before the start you will get a lunch in our restaurant. After a short drive we visit the Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Tenno until 1868. It continues to the Nishijin Kimono Center, where kimonos have been produced for centuries. You will see a kimono show there. In Daitokuji Zen Temple you get an insight into Buddhism. Finally, drive to Shimogamo Shinto Shrine, World Heritage Site and Kyoto's oldest shrine. For the 1500 Yen surcharge, you can optionally visit a sake brewery and sample 5 sake varieties. After the tour there is the possibility to have a Japanese dinner in our restaurant. Japanese guests welcome.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kyoto Spring Evening (Cherry Blossom) Food Tour

Kyoto Spring Evening (Cherry Blossom) Food Tour

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SPECIAL LIMITED SEASONAL TOUR- Explore the Demachiyanagi area of Kyoto for the feeling of true Hanami. These days Kyoto has been in the news for the tourist overload and we want our guests to be able to slow down and enjoy a less crowded but still historic and beautiful area of the city. We will start off with some snacks under the cherry trees but we will also feature dinner during our tour. Join us at a local noodle restaurant that is serving 100% handmade noodles, try local Sake and a variety of other regional and seasonal dishes. Sakura season is short, it is impossible to predict exact dates each year but we will be offering this limited edition tour in the time period most famous for Hanami time. With our guide, learn about the history of the area, the meaning and reason behind the sakura season, taste local specialties and enjoy a locally famous, traditional dessert. These sell out early but our guides will be sure to secure your yummy sweets in advance.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Shimogamo-jinja Shrine hours of operation?
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Shimogamo-jinja Shrine hours of operation: Daily 6am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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