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Yasaka-jinja Shrine

八坂神社(やさかじんじゃ)
Area East area
Category Shrine

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Yasaka-jinja Shrine, known as Gion Shrine, is a Shinto shrine located in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan. the shrine was first built in 656. it respects "Susa-no-o-no-mikoto", a great god in Japanese mythology, and his wife, "Yahashira-no-mikogami".
■Gion Matsuri
Yasaka-jinja Shrine is famous for its Gion Matsuri(Gion Festival : July 14th-16th), known as "Gion-san", one of the three main festivals in Kyoto. the festivals features gorgeous floats called "Yamaboko", parade down the main streets of Kyoto. traffic in Kyoto's downtown area is shut down for the three night. along the streets are rows upon rows of night stalls selling all sorts of food, drinks, and Japanese sweets.

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(L)West Romon Gate, one of the two Romon Gates of the shrine, facing Higashi Oji Street. It is visible at the east end of Shijo Street. Many tourists would see this gate.
(R)Here is South Romon Gate. Although not many people come in and go out from this gate, it is originally the front gate.

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The left is the main hall and the right is the stage. The main hall is designated as an important cultural property of Japan.

Address 625 Kitagawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0073, Japan
京都府京都市東山区祇園町北側625
Tel 075-561-6155
Open all day
Admission free
URL http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/yasaka/english/index.html
Access 5 minute walk from Keihan Railway Shijo Station
10 minute walk from Hankyu Railway Kawaramachi Station
2 minute walk from City Bus Stop Gion
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