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World Heritage / Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Criteria: (ii) (iv) | Date of Inscription: 1994 | Location: Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures | Justification for Inscription


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The Tadasu-no-mori forest surrounding Shimogamo Shrine is a peaceful and relaxing spot for people to spend a few quiet moments that just happens to be the site of academic study due to it having the same environment today as it would have had prior to the Heian period.

From the time the capital was established in Kyoto, Shimogamo Shrine has been worshiped by the rulers of the nation as it enshrines Japan's second ranking guardian god (the first being at Ise Shrine). In the early 11th century the structures at the shrine were built in exactly the same places they remain to this day, playing home to the gods Tamayorihime-no-mikoto and Kamotaketsunomi-no-mikoto. The Romon Gate, Mai-den Hall and Shinpuku-den Hall are all designated as important cultural properties with the newer Honden Hall, constructed in 1863, designated as a national treasure.
The site of the shrine also hosts the aforementioned forest, "Tadasu no mori" a popular relaxation and strolling area for locals.
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