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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. 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.
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  • We went last night (it is open 24 hours a day) as it is very close to the Teppanyaki restaurant Manryu where we wanted to have dinner. Yasaka Temple is full of colours, lanterns etc and impressed us gateways and women with kimono ...
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  • Visit the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, several times a year. And a thriving environment, is a shrine of glitz and glamour. Have a blessing becomes a beautiful woman to woman "beauty gozen," is popular, but has lined up in addition to method and at the end the main surrounding like. Tea room and next to the Office before the new edition of the good-luck charm of zenzai is recommended. Behind the precinct, and Maruyama Park famous for cherry blossom, cherry blossom season is crowded with the large crowd.
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  • Within the tour of Gion, you can access the outside of the temple without paying and we could see in day Sunday around 2 pm, two Shinto Wedding couples and the "procession" making priests out of the ceremony with his family.
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  • I really enjoy this shrine with all the lanterns. It's worth seeing during the day and at night. There are lots of smaller shrines around the main one worth visiting. The garden behind it was sadly partially under construction. It was really beautiful when I first saw it 2 years ago and hope to see it next time when the construction is done.
  • We went there as the sky was getting dark, and it was lightly raining, which in my opinion is the time to be there. I really appreciated this area especially under those circumstances. There were restaurants, beautiful buildings, trees on hills, and the lights along the path were lit, so the experience was quite magical. The shrine with the lanterns lighting everything around was beautiful. It was definitely a highlight for me.
  • Easy to get to. Lots of space and not as crowded as other tourist destinations. Also went at night and it was empty and very lovely with all the lit lanterns.
  • If possible, plan to visit here in the evening. Unlike visits to other temples and shrines, the beauty of Yasaka Shrine and its surroundings stems from the the illumination by hundreds of paper lanterns, as well as pathways marked by rows of vermilion lanterns. Google images of "Yasaka shrine evening" and let the search convince you. If you are lucky, there is also a night market where you can purchase small meals while you tour the grounds. I came during the cherry blossoms period in April - definitely one of the top spots in Kyoto to admire the beauty of the blossoms
  • Great shrine, not busy if you visit after about 3pm. Impressive main shrine and plenty of little shrines around the outside of the space too, as well as the being multiple gates, good for a walk around.
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