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Imamiya Shrine

#91 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Northern Kyoto
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Address: 21 Murasakino Imamiyacho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8243, Kyoto Prefecture
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09:00 - 17:00
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You have to eat small burned rice cake with stick.

Imamiya Shrine is not center of Kyoto but I will recommend you to go there not only historical & sacred environment but also "must eat dessert." Aburimochi which is burned rice... read more

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63 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Imamiya Shrine is not center of Kyoto but I will recommend you to go there not only historical & sacred environment but also "must eat dessert." Aburimochi which is burned rice cake with syrup and rice-powder is the one which you have to eat as top priority dessert even you have no time to spare within my knowledge. There are... More 

Thank tetsubei
Berlin, Germany
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This is probably the most beautiful shrine we visited during our short stay in Kyoto. It is very peaceful and less touristic than other shrines in the city. We visited the shrine at dusk and there were hardly any people around. Moreover, the traditional Japanese lanterns bathed the shrine in a beautiful light. All in all, the atmosphere was magical.

Thank Philipp H
Mazatlan, Mexico
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55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

nice temple with lots of shrines. be sure to say a little prayer and pick up the rock inside one of the shrines got to see a cleansing ritual also a must is eating the little kebabs outside, one of the stalls is 1000 years old, the lady that runs it has been her familys bussines, she is 25th generation

Thank lamelissa
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768 reviews
422 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I used to live near this shrine as I was a child. This is why I am quite familiar with this shrine. When you enter from the east gate, you might feel as if you strayed into a scene of historical movie.

Thank Kimitaka S
Dallas, Texas, United States
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845 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

This is a beautiful and peaceful shrine, with many smaller shrines contained on the grounds. There are some nice buildings, nice walks to the small shrines, and calm ambiance (especially if you just walked over from Kinkaku-ji with its crowd of people). And there are Cherry Blossoms if you visit at the right time

Thank Don P
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit. Such a antique area with beautiful architecture. There're no train in this area so you need to go by bus.

Thank Art_Thanyathorn
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful shrine to visit. Not many people were there when we visited and we were able to take our time looking around. The children enjoyed doing the rituals of ringing the bells and lifting the stone and so forth. We were with a guide from Personal Japan Tours who gave us lots of information and... More 

Thank the_Sadie
Hong Kong, China
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

Stopped there for a brief visit during our private cycling tour with "Nuro" and very much liked it. It was very quiet as it does not seem to be very well known to most tourists.

Thank ath2011ath
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2015

We found this place when walking from subway station to Kinkaku-ji Temple. I don't think many tourists go there due to very tight schedule when in Kyoto. We also found this place by a chance and we loved it! There were absolutely no people there, great atmosphere. The place itself is beautiful and totally worth seeing!

Thank Tillislaw
Massafra, Italy
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

I went in while walking around, because I was impressed by the beauty of the entrance. When I was in I realized that I had already visited it to have aburi-mochi in one of the two shops you can find in the street on the right after entering by the main gate. Try it!

Thank strafElga

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