Yasaka-jinja Shrine is a temple with more than 1000 years of history and particularly famous in connection with Gion Matsuri summer festival, which is why locals affectionately call it Gion-san. According to the legend of the shrine, its history may go back as far as 150 years before the Heian Period, 656 AD (the second year of the reign of Emperor Seimei).
Apart from Susanoo-no-Mikoto and his wife Kushinadahime, Kamuooichi-hime-no-mikoto, Samira-hime-no-mikoto, and Yahashira-no-mikoto are also venerated here.
Additionally, there is a temple called Ebisu-jinja here that venerates Ebisu, the god of luck. Even though the most famous temple of Ebisu is in Osaka, Yasaka Shrine (which was called Gion Shrine back then) is the origin of Ebisu shrines.
In addition, there is also a shrine, called Utsukushiko-zesha. There is a sacred water spring in front of the temple, so you can clean your body and soul.
Be sure to also check out Nishi-Sakuramon gate which is an Important Cultural Property. It underwent renovation in 2007, the first one in 94 years. Ishi-Torii near Minami-Sakuramon is also an Important Cultural Property. It is the biggest Torii gate in Japan, made of natural stone. Be sure to take a look at it as well.
5 minutes from Gion-shijo Station on the Keihan Railway. Otherwise, get off at Gion bus stop on the Kyoto City bus.
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|Sights||Yasaka-jinja Shrine (八坂神社)|
625 Kita-gawa, Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-561-6155 / Fax: 075-531-1126|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|