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Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka ShrineMap of GionYasaka Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the center of Higashiyama area.
The shrine town just west of this shrine is Gion.
In Japanese, it is called "Yasaka-jinja".
The people in Kyoto call this shrine affectionately "Gion-san".

It is said that this shrine was founded in 656.
And there are about three thousand branch shrines named "Yasaka-jinja" across the country.

There are some buildings in the precincts.
The main shrine rebuilt in 1654 is unique.
Usually, main shrine and front shrine to worship has been built separately. But this has both shrines under a roof.
It is designated as an important cultural property.

Gion Festival is one of famous festivals in Kyoto, and it is the annual festival of Yasaka Shrine.
It is held from the 1st to 31st in July every year.
Especially the parade of 32 decorated floats is the highlight of the festival in the 17th.

Yasaka Shrine official website

Kyoto, Yasaka Shrine

How to get to here

By route bus

From Kyoto station, about 21 minutes to Gion stop, by bus with route No. 206.




Roumon (West gate) Roumon inthe evening
Photo by Inariage.com
South gate
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Torii gate
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Main shrine
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Gion Festival

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