11. Kamigamo Shrine 上賀茂神社 is the oldest Shinto shrine in Kyoto. Kamigamo Jinja has preserved the legends relating to the birth of its shrine deity, Wakeikazuchi. The Kamo shinto gods protect Kyoto from malign forces. The area contains many large oaks and weeping cherry trees coexisting in harmony. The austere conical sand mounds symbolize purity. Kamigamo Shrine was under Imperial patronage during the Heian Period.