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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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  • We were told that shrine compounds are open 24 hours so we planned this as the last destination and visited temples and markets when there are still light (we came in winter). We were not disappointed...  more »
  • It is definately worth visiting this lively shrine if you are passing through the Gion area. Aswell as being beautiful, it has a very nice atmosphere. 
  • We accidentally happen to visit this place as it can be seen from the main road. There are restaurants/starbucks just outside this place. The shrine has many lanterns and it looks beautiful late in th...  more »
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  • This is the Yasaka Shrine, or also known as the Gion Shrine (located in Gion of course). From what I was told, the shrine was founded over 1300 years ago, and apparently is one of the most famous and important shrines in Japan. This shrine is central to the celebration of Gion Matsuri which is like one of the largest celebration with parades in the month of July. The shrine is brightly painted red, and is really attractive in the day time. In the front, is located 3 large brass bells with thick ropes for ringing. It's quite an experience just standing there and watching people ringing the bells. This place is also quite popular during the cherry blossom season with its proximity to Maruyama park.
  • Right at the end of the gion shopping street, This 24 hour shrine was great for night shots.
  • Beautiful shrine love the lanterns lit up in the evening Looks more beautiful during sunset I recommend an evening trip
  • Situated in the middle of Gion, It's a pretty shrine where many tourists dressed in kimono take their portraits. There's a vending machine selling Gion water which is not found anywhere else.
  • One of the many shrines. However this one is nice because it's in Gion, also known as Geisha district.