Founded in 656, Yasaka Shrine remains one of Kyoto's most popular shrines, especially appealing to tourists during the cherry blossom season. View the honden (the most sacred area of a Shinto shrine) and the oratory within the main hall before checking out the performance stage lined with hundreds of lanterns. In early April, when cherry blossoms are in bloom, the temple is especially busy, as it is during the summer festival of Gion Matsuri in July. Take a look at our Kyoto vacation planning site to schedule your visit to Yasaka Shrine and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Yasaka Shrine reviews
The Yasaka is one of the prominent shrines in Gion. It oone of the hightlights worth visiting. Don't miss this one. more »
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... more »
It would be nice to take a walk with your lover when the lights are on.
Beautiful Shrine located at the very end of the traditional Gion district. Although not big, the atmosphere and appearance rivals that of the other bigger shrines in Kyoto. I highly recommend a visit at night when there are less people around and the shrine is lit up.
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