Hello! I’m Kawasaki, MANGA.TOKYO’s travelling otaku writer!
In Otaku Travel I travel all around Japan and find the places that appear in our favorite anime. This time, I visited the stage of The Eccentric Family, which has recently announced the production of its second season! The anime is set in the Demachiyanagi area of Kyoto.
It was really fun strolling around town while imagining how I would walk if I were a tanuki. I have for you many photos from places found in the anime and a small guide about how to enjoy the areas surrounding the Shimogamo shrine.
About The Eccentric Family
The Eccentric Family is a comedy anime about tanuki, tengu, and humans set in Kyoto.
The first season that was broadcast in 2013 ended with the truth surrounding a murder (we are not going to spoil anything) and the return of Mr. Akadama’s son. Season 2 will continue from there. I can’t wait to see it! Out of all scenes of The Eccentric Family, the Shimogamo Shrine, where the leading character Yasaburou and the others live, is most frequently featured. I chose a course that allows you to enjoy the Shimogamo Shrine to the fullest!
Shimogamo shrine and the surrounding area
First go to Kuramaguchi Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line! It takes 12 minutes from Kyoto Station to Kuramaguchi Station on the train bound for Shintanabe. You can then walk to Shimogamo Shrine.
When you arrive at Kuramaguchi Station, use Exit 1. Once you get out, you can see the convenience store ‘Daily’ on your left. Turn left at the convenience store and you will find Goryo Shrine!
Mitama Shine is where flying parlor dropped into. There were many trees left in the shrine. If you go further to the right, you will find the place which was used in the scene.
Next, let’s head towards Tenneiji Temple. Leave Mitama Shrine from the south gate and go left. Turning at the second corner will lead you to Saienji Temple.
If you go further straight, you will find Tenneiji Temple on your left!
Tenneiji Temple appeared in episode 8 of The Eccentric Family. Mr. Akadama and Yasaburou walked this path.
Kuramayu that appeared in The Eccentric Family
At the end of the road, you will find Kuramayu. It also appears in the episode 8. It’s a traditional bathhouse. Wednesday is its regular holiday, but you can take a bath from 3:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. during weekdays. If you go right, you will find Kamo River which is where the Shimogamo family lives! Somehow knowing that makes you walk faster.
This is the Kamo River. It’s vast and there is a lot of greenery! There were people playing in the river. I bet the place gets crowded during summer. If the river is this beautiful, Yasaburou and the others must definitely have come down here to play.
If you go further straight, you will find the entrance to Shimogamo Shrine!
If you cross the bridge, you will be able to see Shimogamo Shrine. There are cafes and restaurants around here, so it might be a good idea to have a light meal now and then visit Shimogamo Shrine.
Let’s enter Shimogamo Shrine
Once you enter the precinct, the amount of greenery increases. It has a quiet, mysterious atmosphere.
Before Shimogamo Shrineyou will find Mitsui Shrine, which is designated as an important cultural sight. Unfortunately, I was unable to see it but I would like to visit the shrine next time I get a chance.
Going through the torii gate, you will find Shimogamo Shrine. On your left is the main shrine.
Some places do not allow photos so be careful when taking pictures!
Mitarashi River and Mitarashi Shrine
If you go straight towards the main shrine, you will find Mitarashi River. The Shimogamo family often came to play here.
Kaijo no Tokoro
I wondered what it was but it seems this is the place called Kaijo no Tokoro. Kaijo no Tokoro is where the emperor receives purification. This is an important sight that cannot be found in other shrines!
This red pavilion is designated as an important cultural place as well.
Big Folding Screen
There was a folding screen under the pavilion
Big Torii Gate
You will find a big torii gate outside of the pavilion.
Aioisha for love fullfillment
I found Aioisha, which brings you love, on my left when I left the pavilion.
Tadasu no Mori
Going through the torii gate, you will find Tadasu no Mori where the Shimogamo family lives. This place is wider than I expected. This is perfect for people who want to enjoy nature.
There was a trail as well.
Place where Yajirou was sleeping
This is the bridge where Yajirou was sleeping.
Mitarashi River with carps
The Mitarashi river comes from Mitarashi shrine. I found carps at the lower reaches of a stream. Its transparent water is beautiful.
The area of Shimogamo Shrine where the Shimogamo family lives is filled with beautiful nature!
Did you like the article? I hope that my photos will make you want to visit the place.
Recap Time: I explored the area around Shimogamo Shrine where the Shimogamo family lives. Kamogawa and Tadasu no Mori are so beautiful. If I were a tanuki, I would definitely love this place. When I was walking around Shimogamo Shrine, I found myself looking for Yasaburou and the others. The shrine is big and clean and especially the vicinity of Mitarashi River is a popular spot. Tadasu no Mori which is just outside of Shimogamo Shrine is a mysterious place and there was not a single piece of trash on the ground. At first, I just wanted to know what kind of place Yasaburo and the others live in, but now I want to live here as well. I can’t wait to see the second season of The Eccentric Family.
Do you have a favorite anime that takes place somewhere in Japan? Let us know in the comments and we will go there to bring for one of our future Seichi Junrei!