On the edge of Kyoto’s central shopping district, the Yakasa Shrine oversees the religious rites of the city’s main festival, the Gion Matsuri, in July. It is many of the most important shrines in Kyoto and is a popular destination for tourist in and out of Japan.
The Yakasa Shrine also known as Gion shrine, was established around 656 and originally called Gion Shrine. Its deities protect from illness and in 869, were paraded though the streets to stop an epidemic – the beginning of the Gion Matsuri. It is a popluar place especially on New Years where thousands flock here to pray for health and prosperity. – Eyewitness Travel.
This shrine is also the gateway to the beautiful Maruyama Park where if in the right season can see a beautiful scenery. Don’t confuse yourself with the Yakasa Pagoda where it is a completely different landmark located in the southern part of the Higashiyama district (also worth a visit!). While making your way to the shrine, youll sometimes find small stalls selling souvenirs and food. Youll pass smaller shrines too. Inari Shrine for lovematching and anything love related. Dozens of wishes by those hopeful. Main shrine complex. Shrine souvenirs and other things such as omikuji. A Poll filled with Omikuji. Cleansing before our visit. The main hall (left) and dance stage (right). The shrine’s main hall combines the honden (inner sanctuary) and haiden (offering hall) into a single building. Two small stool, im not sure what for though.. The dance stage with hundreds of lanterns that get lit in the evenings. Each lantern bears the name of a local business in return for a donation. Fellow visitors taking there pictures, a memento of this beautiful shrine.
One of the access point of the shrine is through the two-story gateway vermillion gate above the eastern end of Shijo-dori, in the Higashiyama district. Yasaka Shrine can be reached by bus number 100 or 206 where you get off at Gion bus stop. The closest train stations are Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line and Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.
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