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Yasaka Shrine

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Address: 625 Gion Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-561-6155
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Always busy - often crowded

We’ve been here often and it’s always different. Crowds in koyo season are nothing compared to the hoards at sakura time. In the autumn it seemed as if there were fewer... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is the most popular place for tourists. Lots of orange torii is very interesting and impressive. Location is not bad, so if you have a chance, you should visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We’ve been here often and it’s always different. Crowds in koyo season are nothing compared to the hoards at sakura time. In the autumn it seemed as if there were fewer sellers of food, souvenirs, fortunes, and religious items along the stairs and walkway up to the shrine from Gion and Shijo Dori. Yet it was just as crammed full... More 

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Chicago Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite places for a walk at dawn. The lighted walkways are gorgeous. In November 2016 we were fortunate to see a traditional wedding ceremony presided over by the priests and shrine functionaries, with all the rituals and ceremonies, including court musicians, and observed very respectfully by tourists like us. Yasaka occupies a grand location, lording... More 

Thank Kyotocat
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Second visit, always nice to visit, free to enter, always open and located just side by side Maruyama Park, the shrine is lovely, but can be sometimes heavily loaded with tourists.

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The shrine itself is nothing special but you can walk through it to the park as the garden grounds are beautiful. Free to enter and loads of activities happening around. Wow. The colors, the pond, the bridge etc. We walked through here or other shrines and temples.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Yasaka shrine is open 24 hours a day. My husband and I visited it in the late evening the first day we arrived in Kyoto as everything else was closed. The buildings and walkways were beautifully lit up and despite the rain, it was fun exploring this shrine. There is a building covered in paper lanterns which was lovely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds contain a variety of attractions and shops that are sure to please everyone. Take your time and walk the trails... and climb the stairs to the upper area for some good photo opportunities.

Thank DwjTay
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large grounds right in the Gion area. You will likely end up here on your way somewhere else, which is perfect because I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see this one.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds are nice but nothing spectacular or unseen at other shrines. You would spend about 45 minutes here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We do not usually think of Japan as being a religious country, but it has many temples. The Yasaka Shrine in Gion is well worth a visit, you wll probaably also meet some would-be geishas in prettty kimonos.

Thank Jeffry B

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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