Visiting Shrines at Night

by Mariko

Did you know that you can visit Shinto shrines after sunset?

Except for a few big shrines such as Yasaka shrine in Gion district, shrines usually close at sunset.  However, there is always a way to get in there - Festivals.  At Shimogamo shrine, one of the many UNESCO world heritage sights in Kyoto, there was a traditional festival that ran through day and night.  During this festival, the visitors were able to go into the sacred pond to purify themselves.  The festival is now over, but there is another chance!  On August 7th, there is another festival at the same shrine and takes place in the evening.  It is a great opportunity to take a look at a shrine in the dark decorated by hundreds of lights!



28 Jul 2015

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Welcome to Kyoto, the heart of all the Japanese culture.

My name is Mariko, and I am a Certified National Tour Guide of Japan, also specializing in the city of Kyoto. I grew up in the United States during my 4 years of high school. When I came back to my home city, I was astonished by the beauty of my own culture which I had not appreciated enough. I started to go around all the temples and shrines, art works, and gardens in Kyoto.

My passion for Japanese art and culture grew bigger and bigger as years passed by. I decided to go back to school to learn art history. I got my bachelor's degree in Japanese art history specializing in how to demonstrate Japanese culture to Foreign tourists. I have also learned tea ceremony where I have explained the manners and the history to tourists from all over the place. I also hold two other certificates: 2nd level expert of Kyoto, and National Museum Curator of Japan.

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