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Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine is located in the heart of the Kyoto city and one of the most visited shrines in Kyoto.  It is one of the landmarks in the shopping district of Shijo avenue (fourth avenue), Kawaramachi areas.  The shrine essentially marks the eastern end of the Shijo avenue in Kyoto city.

If you are temple hopping on the Higashiyama foothills area, you can start your walk from Yasaka shrine. 

Walking through the backstreets of the Higashiyama, you can visit Kiyomizudera Temple, Ryozan Kannon Temple, Otani Mausoleum and Kodaiji Temple.  On the way there are myriad small temples, Gion district streets which are known for their reflections of ancient Japan and Yasaka pagoda.

Yasaka Shrine Seal

Yasaka shrine is a shinto shrine dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto and is built in the late 1600s.  Yasaka shrine hosts the famous Gion Matsuri festival, which lasts the entire month of July.  At the end of the festival season there is a big procession that goes through the Shijo street with colorful floats and people dressed in the traditional Japanese festival cloths.

Behind the Yasaka shrine is the famous Maruyama Koen (park).  This park is the main park for the Kyoto city residents and contains a series of small ponds and interweaving gardens. 

Here is a video of this beautiful shrine in Kyoto city:


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