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Yasaka Shrine

625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-6155
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625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-6155
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gates to this shrine open onto a huge complex of gardens and buildings. We loved wandering up the garden paths past streams and koi ponds. This is a lovely shrine.

Thank LGB65
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yasaka Shrine was founded in 7th century and is easy to find at the end of Shijo-dori. There is a large entrance gate from the main road then you pass under a torii gate before reaching the compound. In front of you will be the...More

Thank palawandave
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Faces to kawaramachi. Nicely light up at evenings. There are some spirits there by the main. For females, interesting shrine for beauty.

Thank ithappens2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Close to Gion, the Yasaka Shrine is a good example of a "working" Shinto Shrine, popular with the Japanese, many of whom seemed to be visiting and worshipping wearing traditional garments (Yakatas and Kimonos). Although we visited towards the end of a gruelling day visiting...More

Thank Peter320318
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From here there all multiple walks to be made to other temples along top of hillside. The temple itself was beautiful but loved it at night illuminated. Strongly recommend the walk up thru park to the Buddhist temple farther up. Pay the entrance fee there...More

Thank Sarsprdoc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go to the temple at night time to see all the lights, it's way better than during day time. Something nice to do would be to explore the mountain behind before the sunset and then get down to see the temple

Thank Irene P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been here plenty of times, but I like it best at night. During the day there are food stalls and maybe even some wedding photos on the lantern path, but it just looks so peaceful at night, at the end of Shijo-dori. If you...More

Thank gcincinnati
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend the walk from seeing Kiyomizudera Temple to Yasaka shrine passing by beautiful old houses which you may miss if you are on a tour. There is a history about this shrine that you can check out yourself. Opposite the shrine with the three...More

Thank Carapipi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful shrine at the end of Gion's shopping street. You can get there via public bus. A lot of small shrines to see. It is lovely to find a shaded spot to relax and contemplate.

Thank Louise P
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I am not into temples really but this is a very old temple, now a popular tourist spot. The walk up the main street with all the different shops and arcades is awesome. Inside the shrine there are large gardens and its a great place...More

Thank Emma K
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
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8 January 2017|
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Response from tigger2594 | Reviewed this property |
Lanterns are lit, each evening. Makes for a lovely photo. There was an area for donations but it's. it pushy.