Shimogamo Shrine in Japanese, is the common name of an important Shinto sanctuary in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto city's Sakyō ward. Its formal name is Kamo-mioya-jinja. It is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
"Kami" is the Japanese word for the spirits, natural forces, or essence in the Shinto faith. Kami does not only mean "spirit", but also an aspect of spirituality. Nature, nature phenomena, Ancestral Spirits, growth and fertility are attributed to Kami.