Before you enter the second torii to the main temple, make sure to wash your hands for purification in the Chozuya, or temizuya. Climbing the steps, you will come to a wide, open space where the main temple is. Wandering around, you will find many beautiful buildings and shrines, but to the right of the temple there is a small path; on the left of this path there will be a traditional Japanese bridge arched over a small, trickling stream which runs down from the mountain. Along the path there are shrines of various sizes and leads out to a wide park; there is also a nice mountain path which one can climb to find some more shrines. The park, where the flea market of two-hundred stalls of anything one could want was located, had many shady trees which provided a scenic view. We were there on a Sunday and we just happened to witness a Shinto wedding. The groom and bride were dressed in traditional dress and were on their way to the ceremony hall, accompanied by the priest and followed by the relatives. Kamigamo is a world heritage site and well worth your visit, there are many photo opportunities and it is a quiet place, away from the noise of the city centre.
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Japan, Kamigamo Shrine, Kamo-wakeikazuchi Shrine, Kyoto, Shinto, World Heritage, 上賀茂神社, 賀茂別雷神社