Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kyoto prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Kamotaketsunumi ni Mikoto ( the patriarchal deity of Kamo clan ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.This shrine is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.

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Name Shimogamo Shrine
"下鴨神社(賀茂御祖神社)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 59, Shimogamoizumigawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
"京都府京都市左京区下鴨泉川町59" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on Keihan Electric Railway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 075-781-0010

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Goshintai

In Shinto, shintai (神体 body of the kami), or go-shintai (御神体 sacred body of the kami) when the honorific prefix go- is used, are physical objects worshipped at or near Shinto shrines as repositories in which spirits or kami reside. Shintai used in Shrine Shinto (Jinja Shinto) can be also called mitamashiro (御霊代 spirit replacement or substitute).

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