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Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto

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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. Plan your visit to Yasaka Shrine and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto itinerary builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We missed opportunities always come to Kyoto Yasaka Shrine to pray. It was a shrine for the first time this time. From kawaramachi near shrine many foreigners were surprised. From the height of interest in foreign Japan culture do to thought, but that familiar also visits a little surprised.
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  • August 16, 2017
    And article 4 along the walk from Karasuma-Gion Bayashi sound flows from here and there, fantastic, to come soon, at the end of the impact of the vermilion-lacquered gate. The headquarters of Yasaka Shrine Susa area] dignity that you and Gion Festival.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We stumbled on it by chance after a missed bus stop. The Park is very large and very pretty. We have met a lot of maiko who themselves are left to photograph for our greatest pleasure. We regret any.
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  • May 6, 2017
    Beautiful shrine to stroll through. Take a morning or afternoon to walk through the area, Gion street is just outside the shrine, and there are a lot of restaurants outside the shrine lining the river. If you are lucky, you may even see the samurai dog and his owner in the shrine playing music for tips! Super cute.
  • July 7, 2017
    Very beautiful and peaceful shrine to start our day trip. after spending around 45 min here, there is only a short walk to Ninen-zaka (old Japanese street) and Sannen-zaka. After sanen-zaka, it leads directly to Kiyomizu-dera
  • June 4, 2017
    Easy access. Free entry. Beautiful grounds. Worth a visit if your in the area
  • June 30, 2017
    Nice lighting at night. Good access to Heian Shrine, and Gin-kakuji as well. May walking down via Gion to Kamogawa (river bank).
  • July 3, 2017
    One of the land marks of Kyoto. Great place to stroll too before walking over to Kiyomizu-dera.

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