Yasaka Jinja


Museums & Sights



Before there was Kyoto, there was Gion Temple, established in 656. By the mid tenth century, Gion Temple had gained a Tenjin-do - a Shinto hall for rituals to placate goryo, the ghosts of exiled or shamed leaders. A few centuries later, the Tenjin-do was the focal point of the institution, so when the 19th-century Meiji government ordered a separation of Shinto and Buddhist worship, Gion Temple disappeared, and the Tenjn-do was renamed Yasaka Jinja. These days the shrine is best known for New Year celebrations and the Gion Festival.

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Review updated October 2009


625 Gionmachi-kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Bus 206; or Gion Shijo station (Keihan line).

Telephone 075 561 6155

Open 24 hours daily.

Admission Free

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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