12. Shimogamo Shrine 下鴨神社 or Shimogamo jinja is an important Shinto sanctuary in Kyoto. The shrine occupies a ‘power spot’ at the confluence of two rivers. Shimogamo gives us the sense of being surrounded by nature as it sits within a forest, a remnant of a primeval forest mentioned in Tales of Genji. The shrine is approached by a long trail through a forest of broadleaf trees. That is what makes this forest and shrine particularly special, considering that it is within a large city.