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Shrines to Visit in Kyoto


If you are interested in visiting shrines in Kyoto, here is a list of popular ones to go.

Heian Jingu

Heian Jingu is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Kanmu and Emperor Komei. Japanese-style gardens are located around the shrine buildings. It's a great spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring.
Address: Okazaki Nishi-tenno-cho Sakyo-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: A short walk from Kyoto City Bus Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae stop / 10 minute walk from Kyoto Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station

Yasaka Jinja

Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto
Photo by Shizuko Mishima
The famous Kyoto Gion Matsuri is an anuual festival of this shrine and is held every July. This shrine is located in Gion area.
Address: 625 Gion-machi Kitagawa Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-city
Access: Kyoto City Bus Gion Stop / 5 minute walk from Keihan Line Shijo Station

Kamigamo Jinja

It's also called Kamowake-ikazuchi Jinja. It's one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. Aoi Matsuri Festival is held by this shrine and Shimogamo Shrine in every May.
Location: 339 Kamigamo Motoyama Kita-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: Kyoto City Bus Kamigamo-jinja-mae stop

Shimogamo Jinja

This shrine is also called as Kamo-mioya Jinja. It's one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto and is known for its Aoi Matsuri festival held in every May.
Location: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho Sakyo-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: Kyoto City Bus Shimogamo-jinja-mae stop

Fushimi Inari Taisha

This shrine is the head shrine of Inari shines in Japan. A number of red torii gates are set in the grounds. It's one of the most popular shrines to visit on New Year's in Japan
Address: 63 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho Fushimi-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: JR Inari Station

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