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LOOK: Gateway to another world at shrine in Kyoto

/ 03:19 PM July 05, 2021
An entrancing view is seen on the approach of Kamo Jinja shrine.

An entrancing view is seen on the approach of Kamo Jinja shrine. The Japan News/Asia News Network

KYOTO — The cedar tree-lined approach of Kamo Jinja shrine in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, has been enjoying some social media buzz because of comments likening it to a fantastical path leading to another world.

The shrine was established more than 1,000 years ago.

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After walking up the stone pathway toward the shrine — about 150 steps — visitors are treated to a surreal view behind them. The approach, shrouded in cedar trees, features a pair of komainu guardian dog statues, stone lanterns and a torii gate deep in the background.

On Twitter, such messages as “This may lead to another world,” and “The air is full of magnificent atmosphere,” are posted with photos of the shrine. On YouTube, there is a video clip of the shrine that has been viewed more than 900,000 times.

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A local resident said, “The shrine is a mysterious place, and it may be attracting people’s attention.”

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