Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社), linked to the northern Kamimono Shrine, is part of the world heritage sites in Kyoto. It is one of the oldest shrines in Japan, thought to be dating back to the 6th century. Not one of the most popular shrines, but worth visiting if you have done the most famous ones already or want to escape the crowd.

Budget travel tips

  • Once you have done the main area, walk south through the forest (Tadasu no Mori) with the huge path. At the end are some more free shrines, often not visited but a quiet place to retreat to.
  • This is also a nice place to bring a bento.
One of the smaller shrines to the south


Open: 5:30 to 18:00 (summer), 6:30 to 17:00 (winter)

Price: FREE

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take Kyoto City Bus number 4 to Shimogamojinja-mae bus stop (5 minutes, 230 yen). Free with the Kyoto Bus pass.

Recommended hostels and cheap hotels

It’s best to stay nearer the center of Kyoto, so try our Kyoto accommodation guide.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.