History of Kamigamo-Jinjya Shrine
A long time ago, God descended from heaven on the mountain near this shrine, which was originally built in 678, and buildings in the compound were reconstructed one after another in the 17th and 19th centuries. Since the God`s descent, people and successive emperors paid enormous respect to the shrine, many important events were held and prayers offered there when the nation was in the crucial crossroads. It was ranked the first among the nation`s shrines along with Ise-Jingu Shrine in Mie prefecture until 1945. "Honden" main hall and "Gonden" subsidiary hall were designated as the national treasures and the entire shrine precincts were added to the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1994.
Consiting of a total of 17 buildings, large and small, the shrine enclosure is the perfect combination of the beautiful nature and exquisite man-made structures built in accordance with the traditional Japanese construction technology.
Entertainment of the shrine
Once you are admitted to the main shrine building, you will hear a Shito priest explain about the origin of the shrine, including a myth of a young woman having a heavenly baby boy.
Events of the shrine
There are various events held in the shrine precincts, including a horse racing competed by two horses on May 5, Aoi-maturi Festival on May 15 and "Karasu" crow Sumo matches on September 9, to name a few.
There are many restaurants around the shrine compound.