Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto

Yasaka Shrine
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Historic Sites • Religious Sites
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
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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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Jonathan Sexton
Sneads Ferry, NC284 contributions
Perfect Finish for Our Trip
Sep 2021 • Couples
Loved finishing off our day with this shrine. It was the perfect closing to our adventures here in Kyoto. It’s open 24/7 and free so no need to try and fit this in early. Plus it looks amazing lit up at night.
Written September 10, 2021
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Lance Kerwin
Tromso, Norway614 contributions
Yasaka Shrine
Feb 2020
The Yasaka is one of the prominent shrines in Gion. It oone of the hightlights worth visiting. Don't miss this one.
Written January 12, 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,786 contributions
Great for any other city, but the competition's tough in Kyoto
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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chriscyl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia120 contributions
Nice visit
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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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway566 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2019
Yasaka Shrine is a beautiful temple with many details and it`s very peaceful. This shrine is one of Kyoto's most famous Shrines. The annual Gion Festival, Japan's most famous festival, is arrangent here.
Written October 8, 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,931 contributions
Shinto Shrine and great photo opp
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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Daniel Setiawan
South Tangerang, Indonesia170 contributions
Gion Festival
Dec 2019
This shrine is famous for gion festival in the summer. I visit this temple in december so there is no festival and not crowded at all.
Written March 1, 2020
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Yellenita
Split, Croatia1,117 contributions
Nice
May 2019
Famous shrine at the Gion, famous Geisha District, looks amazing from the street, we walked there on the rainy day, not too many tourists around. Very nice during night with lights on.
Written February 23, 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Beautiful Shrine
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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kahhoe
Singapore9 contributions
Tranquility
May 2019
A nice place (shrine) to visit especially in the early hours of morning. I visited it early around 7.00am and the surroundings was filled with the sounds of nature. It got a little crowded reaching 10.00am when the locals and tourists would come in "packs" and sending the surroundings into a frenzy at time. A short walk across the road is filled with retail shops and food outlets and this is very welcoming after a peaceful tour of the shrine compound. It is worth visit to this famous historical shrine in the Gion area.
Written February 12, 2020
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