"Kamo Mioya Jinja", aka Shimogamo shrine is the oldest shrine in Kyoto, I believe.
The shrine surrounded by the sacred forest called TADASU NO MORI, is designated as the world Heritage of UNESCO. As you go across the forest, the main building in beautiful vermilion red appears.
The West and the East buildings where the deities of the shrine are settled, are also designated as the national treasure of Japan. The shrine has a number of visitors and worshipers everyday.
How was your HATSUMODE (the first visit of the year to a shrine)? If you are yet to visit anywhere, why don't to go to Shimogamo shrine. It's the nice to way to start your new year with a lot of fresh air of the deep TADASU NO MORI forest.
EMA*: votive wooden plate used for making a wish
3 mins on foot from Shimogamo Jinja Mae, Kyoto city bus