Power spots are places where visitors are believed to receive spiritual power and are most often located in the mountains. Some of these include adventurous hiking treks and in Kyoto, the most powerful power spot is the Shimogamo Shrine. On top of that, it has also been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Kyoto with a history dating back to the 6th century and is officially known as Kamo-mioya-jinja (賀茂御祖神社). Its existence is linked to the Kamo clan, a Japanese sacerdotal kin group, and was established for the purpose of worshipping the head of the clan who helped the family rise to prominence during the Asuka and Heian periods. Shimogamo shrine exists as a traditional Kamo shrine alongside Kamigamo shrine, another ancient Shinto shrine.
As mentioned previously, the shrine dates back to the 6th century but went through some renovations in the 19th century. The shrine is located in a well-preserved forest that has trees that are over 600 years old. It also consists mainly of two buildings that serve as sanctuaries with one on the east side and the other on the west.
One of the most important festivals in Kyoto, Aoi Matsuri or Kamo Festival, is held near the shrine every year on the 15th of May and includes a procession and shrine rites.
The shrine is accessible from Demachi-Yanagi Station on the Keihan Line and usually takes around 15 minutes to walk to the shrine. You can also take a bus (Kyoto City Bus number 4) from the station to Shimogamojinja-mae bus stop which is located right beside the shrine. This will only take 5 minutes for 230 yen.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Kyoto this year, be sure to include the historical Shimogamo Shrine into your plans so that you can receive spiritual power and guidance on your travel adventures!