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Yasaka Shrine

#41 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 625 Gion Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Colorful well kept in middle of Town

Beautiful and easy to access by a walking to the city center. Open all day long and free access,, Few small temples on same location... Beautiful at night...

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful and easy to access by a walking to the city center. Open all day long and free access,, Few small temples on same location... Beautiful at night...

Locarno, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the biggest Shinto shrine in town! It is really nice. There is not a lot to visit, but it is near the other "big" temples and worth a look! ;-)

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a surprise close by my hotel. I actually walked through it on the way to Kaido-ji. It's a local temple but there is still much to see, even though the grounds are smaller than the famous shrines. You can get a real sense of how the Japanese worship.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's great that this is just walking distance to the Gion area where you can see a real Maiko and people wearing kimono. The shrine's entrance is noticeable for its orange structure. I think it is best to visit before sunset, it will be less crowded.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful shrine is just on top of the stairs off the main shopping street. When we visited there were food stalls and a lively atmosphere. Great to visit in the evening to see it lit up. This is just a short stop after you've finished your shopping or after visiting Gion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really I love to wander through here when I am in Kyoto (Gion) area. It is historic and great no matter what time of year you go! If you are there in early February, Setsubun is worth seeing if not it is still pleasant and serene. I like dusk the best, but it is good anytime. People watching is also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the prettiest Shrine's we saw. Beautiful to just walk around and easy to get to. Get a crab leg on a stick at the vendor.

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Westhoughton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

There are many shrines across Japan and we only had one day in Kyoto spending most of our time in Tokyo. We went to visit Kyoto especially to see the Gion district and this shrine is in the heart of the town. One of my favourites with all the smaller mini shrines around the outside (still within the main grounds).... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We were told that shrine compounds are open 24 hours so we planned this as the last destination and visited temples and markets when there are still light (we came in winter). We were not disappointed as the compound were lit with lanterns and the whole place took on a different feel - serene and other worldly. There are hawkers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

It is definately worth visiting this lively shrine if you are passing through the Gion area. Aswell as being beautiful, it has a very nice atmosphere.

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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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