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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

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Yasaka-jinja Shrine 八坂神社

A lively shrine that is home to the Gion Matsuri

Yasaka Jinja is one of the most revered religious spots in Kyoto. The shrine is almost always buzzing with energy, with eager devotees flocking to receive blessings and pray for good fortune. Visit this key Shinto shrine in Kyoto and you may earn some good fortune yourself.

Quick Facts

The main hall is nearly 360 years old

Yasaka Jinja is popular with those praying for beauty and wealth

How to Get There

Access Yasaka Jinja by bus, taxi or subway from Kyoto Station.

A bus from Kyoto Station will take you directly to the entrance of the shrine. You can also use the subway and enjoy the short walk from Gion-Shijo or Kawaramachi stations. Alternatively, take a taxi if you are short on time.

Don't Miss

  • View the traditional Gion-zukuri architecture as you stroll the shrine grounds
  • Visit after dark to enjoy the many lanterns that illuminate the shrine
  • Head to nearby Maruyama Park to relax in natural surroundings

Embrace a Gion treasure

You might hear locals lovingly refer to Yasaka Jinja, their neighborhood shrine, as "Gion-san." The towering red gate to the west of Gion is perhaps Yasaka Jinja's most iconic and photogenic image. Go through the vermilion gate to enter the main shrine grounds, complete with an impressive offering hall and a central stage adorned with lanterns.

Nishiroumon gate

The birthplace of the Gion Matsuri

Yasaka Jinja is perhaps best known for July's Gion Matsuri, one of Japan's most famous festivals, when Kyoto becomes a city focused on celebration for most of the month. If you visit on July 17, you'll be treated to the spectacle of Yasaka's deity being carried out of the shrine and paraded around the city. It's a time of pomp, color and energy like no other in Kyoto.

Gion matsuri floats

For an unforgettable evening stroll

Wandering through the shrine grounds in the evening is especially atmospheric. The main buildings are illuminated after dark, and the softly glowing lanterns create an unforgettable scene. The area surrounding the shrine is filled with restaurants, making a trip to Yasaka Jinja a good option for an after-dinner walk.

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