Shimogamo shrine 下鴨神社
When Kyoto gets ‘too hot to handle’ the best thing to do is to search ways to cool down. You can hide indoors and put the airco on, but this city has too many good opportunities to do otherwise.
Shimagamo shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines, dating to the 6th century, and is also a World Heritage Site. The site has mainly broadleafed trees which create a welcoming shade. The pathway to the shrines leads through this broadleafed Tadasu no Mori (the “Forest Where Lies are Revealed”). Although the origin is so old that the meaning is uncertain, the thought is that this path on the crossroad of two rivers is a good spot to solve disputes. Disputes or not, the cooling flow of the river combined with the shades of leafs creates an excellent spot to chill-out.