Yasaka Shrine

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Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine, is located in the Gion District of Kyoto. It holds a prominent place in the city, being situated at the end of Shijo-dori (Fourth Avenue). This remarkable Shinto shrine includes several buildings, gates, the main hall, and a stage. There are many famous events and festivals held at Yasaka Shrine every year. It remains a staple of any visit to Kyoto.



625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0073 (الخريطة) (الاتجاهات)

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Main Hall

The main hall of Yasaka Shrine has a unique architectural style. It shares this style with the worship hall and, although the two buildings are separate, they share a turret roof. Visitors can see the dance stage to the front of the main hall, along with hundreds of lanterns that are lit at night.


This large stone gate or torii was built in 1646. It has collapsed twice since but been rebuilt and replaced on both occasions. The last such incident was in 1666. It has been declared an Important Cultural Property and visitors can marvel at this stone gate as it proudly stands watch over the shrine grounds.

Beauty Water

In front of the shrine, there is a fresh spring whose waters are said to polish beauty and improve the health of one’s skin. It’s called “beauty water” by worshippers and is especially popular with young women. The shrine also sells beauty amulets and in November has blessings for the improvement of beauty.

Yasaka Shrine Mikoshi

These portable shrines are believed to be divine. They’re paraded through the streets every year only during Gion Matsuri. This practice began in 869, as a way to ward off an epidemic plaguing Kyoto.


Yasaka Shrine is about a 5-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line; alternatively, it can be reached by an 8-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.

Yasaka Shrine


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