It would take a thousand articles to describe all there is to see in beautiful Kyoto and an equal number of days to visit them. Nevertheless here is another installment highlighting a somewhat lesser-known National Treasure site well-worth a visit.
Kamigamo Jinja dates from the 11th Century and most of the present buildings date from the 17th Century. The longest reigning festival in Kyoto, the well-known Gion Matsuri, has been held every summer in July for over a thousand years. Not as well known is that Kamigamo also has the thousand-year-old Aoi Matsuri festival in which giant arks decorated in wysteria and dragged by legions of revelers make the sacred trip across town each May. Certainly the temperature around that time is a lot more comfortable than in July!
Without your own wheels, Kamigamo is a little harder to get to than most of the more typical sites and there is a ton of parking available on all sides of the park. If you go early on a weekday you will surely have the place to yourself.
Martin Werner Zander, Smith’s Partner
Owner, Smith’s School of English Kotoen, Nigawa, Obayashi, Sakasegawa, Nishinomiya
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