Enshrined Deity Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-no-kami(賀茂別雷神)
This shrine is said to be the oldest Shinto(神道) shrine in ancient Kyoto.
The shrine buildings retaining the style of the early Heian Period(平安時代794-1192)．
Hon-den(本殿・main sanctuary) was constructed in 1863, retaining its classic Heian style. Gon-den(権殿・temporary hall) was also constructed in the same year. It is an exact replica of the main sanctuary, as a kind of reserve shrine, These two have been designated as National Treasures.
And there are more than 30 constructions which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties on the grounds.
Kamo-no-keiba A horse competition ritual
One of a Shinto ritual
There is a lot of Shinto rituals in the Shrine. People always enjoy the Shinto festivals as a part of those rituals.
Kamo Sai(賀茂祭) also known as Aoi Matsuri(葵祭・hollyhock festival) originated in the middle of the 6th century.
The procession of this festival, about 500 people participate to start from the Imperial Palace of Kyoto(京都御所) to Kamigamo-jinja via Shimogamo-jinja(下賀茂神社), wearing the costumes of the Heian age, ancient Japan.
It looks like a picture scroll for a dynasty.
Nishimura-ke(西村家) Former residence of Shinto priest
Only one Shake(社家) residence under open to the public
Shake is a Shinto priest serving a shrine on a hereditary basis.
This residence has the characteristics of Shake style during the Edo period.
The Festival is held on May 15
Shake-machi town Shake residences and Myojin-gawa river
Kamigamo Important Preservation Distincts for Groups of Historic Buildings in Kyoto
ランチの後、上賀茂社家町へ。 pic.twitter.com/BCs3iLSwgO— Kei Takahata (@keitakahata) April 5, 2017
Rabbitear iris of Ohta-no-sawa swamp
太田神社 杜若 京都— mamimoe1 (@mamimoe1) May 7, 2016
Outa-jinjya shrine Iris
he water is one of the most important needs for the Shinto rituals (to perform ablutions).
The water of the Shake residences is drawn from the Myojingawa-river, flows in front of the residences.