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Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

8.38 reviews
Sights and Museums, Religious Center
Ranked #24 in Kyoto things to do
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625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0073, Japan
+81 75 561 6155
http://yasaka-jinja.or.jp/
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On our way to Yasaka Shrine, we started our walk from Kiyomizudera Temple. Right outside the Kiyomizudera Temple, there's a cafe with nice coffee and cream puffs on the left if you ... Read more
need to rest your legs. A little further down the slope, you'd see a street on the right leading one to Yasaka Shrine. Take your time to enjoy the old capital charm; Higashiyama District. Many houses in this district are traditional dwellings dating from the Edo Period (1603-1867). It is lined with traditional merchants and narrow lanes...lovely. If you're looking for great gifts and souvenirs, there's the famous Kyoto facial oil paper blotter, Yojiya (founded in Kyoto in 1904), along the way. From the map, it doesn't seem long but it's best to cater 4-5 hours for the streets alone. By the time we strolled the narrow lanes to Yasaka Shrine, the sun has already set. Didn't get to see much of the shrine but apparently, it was the first night of the Illumination Event. Thus, we were very fortunate to witness the geisha (maiko) performance there.

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Gyeongju, South Korea

This Shrine is open 24/7 and is free of cost, which is an ideal attraction for budget travellers. However it is also perfect for spiritual seekers, history buffs and families alike as there is something for everyone here. The street to the temple is lined with stalls and street food to taste and try out, as you make your way through the grounds. There is always a show on the performance stage, and if you continue to walk through you will make your way to the Maruyama park. If you walk out the other side of the shrine, you will continue to make your way to other shrines, temples and shopping districts. Well worth the visit!

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Yasaka is a great shrine a little off the beaten path in Kyoto. It's not a UNESCO Site so you won't find too many tourists or foreigners here. The temple is a little small but it has multiple buildings in addition to the main hall. They often have really fun festivals held here throughout the year.

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Samarinda, Indonesia

Located in the heart of extremely popular Gion area, Yasaka-jinja Shrine shines brightly amongst the other temples and shrines around. The shrine is visited by locals for praying especially for the healthiness, meanwhile it is popular amongst tourists because it holds annual important cultural summer event, Gion Festival, which is one of Japanese main festivals. Moreover, the popularity of this shrine has been increasing since it was mentioned as a setting in the bestselling book, Memoir of A Geisha. This shrine also gets populous during cherry blossom in spring as it’s one of the best sites for enjoying cherry blossom in entire Japan.

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London, UK

Yasaka shrine (八坂神社 in Japanese) is beautiful and calm, located in the center of Kyoto, and open 24/7 without ticket. I would recommend come twice, one during day time and one during night time. You will get two different experience, I personally prefer night time, because I love all those lanterns. Really pretty after they all light up. You can feel exactly the spirit of the shrine. I love walking there and taking pictures, every corner of the shrine can be an amazing photo. Lots of travelers come here and pray during weekend. You will find tons of stores and restaurants outside the shrine.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

The shrine itself is simple but this is a gorgeous spot to visit at night when the lanterns are lit. Much less impressive during the day time.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

On the way to the Fushimi Inari Shrine you will pass by this temple at the bottom of the hill.

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Singapore, Singapore
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On our way to Yasaka Shrine, we started our walk from Kiyomizudera Temple. Right outside the Kiyomizudera Temple, there's a cafe with nice coffee and cream puffs on the left if you need to rest your legs. A little further down the slope, you'd see a street on the right leading one to Yasaka Shrine.

Take your time to enjoy the old capital charm; Higashiyama District. Many houses in this district are traditional dwellings dating from the Edo Period (1603-1867). It is lined with traditional merchants and narrow lanes...lovely.
If you're looking for great gifts and souvenirs, there's the famous Kyoto facial oil paper blotter, Yojiya (founded in Kyoto in 1904), along the way.

From the map, it doesn't seem long but it's best to cater 4-5 hours for the streets alone. By the time we strolled the narrow lanes to Yasaka Shrine, the sun has already set. Didn't get to see much of the shrine but apparently, it was the first night of the Illumination Event. Thus, we were very fortunate to witness the geisha (maiko) performance there.

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Sabah, Malaysia
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