7:07 am – Got up
9:30 am – Off we go
Even though I thought I’d take it easy that day, I still ended up walking a lot.
On the way to Kamigamo Jinja, I passed by an old guesthouse that I previously stayed at. I think it was during my short 2015 spring visit.
I also encountered a few overpasses that allowed better views of colored trees.
10:44 am – Kamigamo Jinja
How to get there: Since the distance was less than 5 kilometers, I actually just walked from the guesthouse. But for the sake of being helpful, let’s use Kyoto station as the starting point. One option is to take the subway Karasuma line and get off at Kitayama station (290JPY) then walk a bit towards the shrine. You can also take bus number 4 from there to Kamigamojinja-mae stop (230JPY). It’ll take less than an hour either way.
The grounds are free to enter from 5:30 am to 5 pm.
There’s a sort of stable with a white horse just before the second torii gate. Visitors can try to feed the horse with the food that’s being sold nearby.
Oh and did I mention this shrine is another World Heritage Site?
Here’s a map of the shrine grounds. It’s a bit clipped though. My bad.
I also happened to see a small event when I got there. I had no idea what it was about though.
I wandered into the part of the grounds that had a bunch more trees.
This was probably another short path towards a place with better views. I didn’t follow it though.
Here’s just a few of the colored trees I saw while getting somewhat lost.
11:56am – To Shimogamo Jinja
Since the distance was again less than 5 kilometers, I decided to walk to Shimogamo Jinja. Plus, I thought it was kind of fun to follow the Kamo river and see what the locals were up to during a Sunday.
1:07 pm – Shimogamo Jinja
I actually left the camera outside while I went in and got a shuin.
How to get there: I walked from Kamigamo Jinja. But if you’re coming from Kyoto station, take the Keihan line towards Demachiyanagi station (270JPY). You’ll probably have to get to Shichijo station as I think it’s the closest station on the Keihan line. The shrine is just less than a 10-minute walk from Demachiyanagi station.
The shrine grounds are also free to enter from 5:30 am – 6 pm during the summer (and probably spring and fall too) and until 5pm during winter.
Even though I came from the north, I still entered the grounds on the south side.
There’s a small enclosed area on the south. According to gmaps, it’s the area where Kawai shrine is located. This is also where I got a shuin.
There’s a mini forest (Tadasu no mori) between the south and north areas of the shrine grounds.
I wasn’t sure if there was a festival or just a normal Sunday thing but the place was busy.
There were tons of stalls lined up on both sides of the path. Food stalls were located midway along the path. There were also performers there. I stuck around for a bit and enjoyed some of the performances.
Speaking of food, this was lunch.
There was another path parallel to where the shops were.
When I got to the north side, there was this one famous tree.
2:21 pm – To Shoren-in
After visiting the north area, I backtracked towards the south and again walked to Shoren-in. I made sure to pass by the spot where the Kamo river splits into two, forming the Y-shape on the map.
I also passed by Heian Shrine and Okazaki park on the way to Shoren-in.
4:08 pm – Shoren-in
How to get there: Yep, you guessed it, I walked. But as always, from Kyoto station you have a few options. If you prefer trains, the closest station is Tozai line’s Higashiyama station. It’ll be 260JPY from Kyoto station via Karasuma-oike. If you prefer buses, take bus number 5 or 100 from Kyoto station to Jingu-michi bus stop (230JPY). Obviously the train will be faster (~15 minutes vs ~30 minutes on the bus).
They are always open from 9 am to 5 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm during spring and autumn illuminations. You can get in until 30 minutes before closing time.
The fees are 500JPY for ordinary days and 800JPY for the seasonal evening illuminations.
I was supposed to stay for the evening illuminations but I guess it got cancelled because of the rain.
6:29 pm – Going home
I took the bus this time because I was tired and it was raining a bit.
Here’s the whole walking path I did.
6:38 pm – Guesthouse
10:04 pm – Sleep