Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Neighborhood: Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-visit destination
    Yasaka-jinja Shrine holds immense historical and cultural significance in Kyoto. As one of the city's most prominent Shinto shrines, it has been a focal point for traditional festivals and ceremonies for centuries. The shrine's majestic Torii gate and vibrant vermilion buildings exude an aura of reverence and spirituality. Yasaka-jinja's enduring importance makes it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Kyoto's rich heritage.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Pasi J
    Espoo, Finland63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    When in Gion, do pay a visit here
    Wandered here on our first night in Kyoto. It was already dark which gave its own touch to the visit, and the market fair mood inside the entrance added to this: there were stalls for snacks and a theme park-like haunted house, which felt like an interesting combination to say the least. Further back, there were impressive shrine buildings with hundreds of lanterns, people ringing the bells and clapping their hands and taking a bow, which again set quite a contrast to the entrance. Yasaka Shrine is conveniently at the end of the road from Gion and Kawaramachi, and certainly worth a visit when you’re nearby.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is objectively pretty but subjectively middling
    It is beautiful. I won't deny that. However, in comparison to what is in the immediate vicinity (a plethora of A* architecture) this objectively incredible space felt middling. I would recommend visiting here anyhow, as it is a great transition point between Kiyomizu-dera/Kōdaiji and Gion. However, I felt underwhelmed.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 10, 2023
  • Merryheart
    Singapore, Singapore5,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Sakara in the shrine
    Beautiful shrine with a gigantic cherry blossom tree in full bloom. There were food stalls selling all kinds of street food. Snacks & beer. For me, the Sakura willow tree is the biggest I have seen that is in full bloom. The best experience will be to have a beer or two with friends watching the illuminated beautiful pink flowers that covers the dark sky.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
  • James I
    New York City, New York576 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opposites
    A very famous shrine in Kyoto, for better or worse. It's a very nice place to visit for some good photos, and there is quite a lot of land you explore just past the shrine itself. However, the crowds of tourists are massive, and couple this with the food vendors all over the place, the peace and quiet of a typical shrine is destroyed. Know what to expect before you go and youll be happy, but dont expect a quiet spot.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,927 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food stalls and cherry blossoms creating a party atmosphere!
    We visited at the beginning of cherry-blossom season and the place was packed with visitors. The shrine, with its impressive array of lanterns, is very interesting, but anything but peaceful and serene while we were there. There were dozens of food stalls set up on the grounds of the shrine and it was more of a party atmosphere than anything. There is also a huge cherry tree on the grounds, which was in full bloom and attracting mobs of attention.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but too busy
    Like some other places we visited, Yasaka felt too circus like and overcrowded to enjoy the experience. It’s a nice shrine with lots of interesting features but it was noisy and busy and not what I expected in a place of worship. It’s definitely worth visiting, but probably early doors.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Yasaka Shrine is also known as Gion Shrine and is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1,350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District, and is often visited by tourists walking between the two districts. Our driver just parked on the main street and we crossed it and climbed the stairs to get a photo opportunity. The large red tori gate is impressive.
The shrine's main hall combines the honden (inner sanctuary) and haiden (offering hall) into a single building. In front of it stands a dance stage with hundreds of lanterns that are lit in the evenings.
Yasaka Shrine is well known for its summer festival, the Gion Matsuri, which is celebrated every July. The Gion Matsuri is over a thousand years and involves a procession with massive floats and hundreds of participants.
We enjoyed visiting this shrine and think you will too.
Written February 20, 2020
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany7,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Yasaka Shrine is located in a very central location of the city, making it easy to visit in between other stops and actually this is exactly the kind of status I would attribute to it, when planing a trip to Kyoto. I probably (even definitely) don't give the shrine enough credit, as it really is a beautiful place of worship that radiates of Japanese craftsmanship and spirit. It is just that there never is enough time when traveling and Kyoto is just so rich in beautiful temples, shrines and gardens, that the Yasaka shrine simply has to be de-prioritized.
Written November 7, 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK2,134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Very brightly coloured (painted) Shinto shrine just up the road/hill (a little) from the Gion District.

Worth a pit-stop on way back to City Centre, after visit to Maruyama Park.

Thronged with people, many Tourists (of all Nations) and a popular spot for Pictures in Traditional Outfits, so double w\hammy bonus.
Written July 27, 2020
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chriscyl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The good thing about staying in Gion area during our trip is that we get to see Yasaka shrine, one of Gion’s most famous temple, during daytime and night time. The temple is quite big. In the daytime, the shrine is bustling with visitors and hive of activities. In the night time, the temple is lit up but it is much quieter with a zen-like atmosphere.

Yasaka shrine is 1 of many nice places to stroll around Gion after dinner. We enjoyed some peaceful temple moment as we wind down our day.
Written October 18, 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA550 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is a small shrine with a free entrance. However it does look very beautiful from outside especially during the night hours with it’s orange gates illuminated. What makes this place worth a visit is it’s proximity to Gion- once you exit Yasaka Shrine, you are near the entrance of Gion. There is also a food market selling skewered meats just outside the temple. I’d not recommend to come especially here, but if you’re near Gion anyways then do pay homage to the temple, ring the bell and admire the orange gates.
Written February 5, 2020
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Yasaka-jinja Shrine holds immense historical and cultural significance in Kyoto. As one of the city's most prominent Shinto shrines, it has been a focal point for traditional festivals and ceremonies for centuries. The shrine's majestic Torii gate and vibrant vermilion buildings exude an aura of reverence and spirituality. Yasaka-jinja's enduring importance makes it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Kyoto's rich heritage.
Written July 21, 2023
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It is beautiful. I won't deny that. However, in comparison to what is in the immediate vicinity (a plethora of A* architecture) this objectively incredible space felt middling. I would recommend visiting here anyhow, as it is a great transition point between Kiyomizu-dera/Kōdaiji and Gion. However, I felt underwhelmed.
Written December 11, 2023
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,255 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Prominent Kyoto shrine in Gion, and an entrance to Maruyama gardens. Visiting over the years I find underwhelming; the most imposing shinto shrines tend to be in the forests. On the other hand, the nearby Chionin temple is definitely worth visiting.
Written August 8, 2022
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK5,558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Yasaka Shrine, located in the Gion district of Kyoto, is a beautiful and historic Shinto shrine that is well worth a visit. It is located in close proximity to Maruyama Park. The shrine is famous for its beautiful vermilion gate, or torii, which marks the entrance to the shrine. Once inside, visitors can explore the beautiful grounds and various buildings, including the main hall and worship hall. The shrine is particularly popular during the Gion Festival, one of Japan's most famous festivals, which takes place in July. Overall, Yasaka Shrine is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Japanese culture, history, and architecture, and provides facilties for prayers, Omikuji and buying lucky charms.
Written April 24, 2023
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Like some other places we visited, Yasaka felt too circus like and overcrowded to enjoy the experience. It’s a nice shrine with lots of interesting features but it was noisy and busy and not what I expected in a place of worship. It’s definitely worth visiting, but probably early doors.
Written April 30, 2024
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