Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Located between the Gion District and Higashiyama District, Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) is probably one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto. We visited it twice, the first time while we were walking to the Higashiyama District during the day, and the second time at night.

In comparison to all the shrines we visited in Japan, Yasaka Shrine is probably one of the smallest ones so we only spent about 15 minutes there each time. The highlight of the shrine is definitely the dance stage in the middle decorated with hundreds of lanterns that even light up in the evening. Unlike most shrines and temples, Yasaka Shrine is open for 24 hours and entry is free.

When we there in the evening, a dance performance was being held on the stage but we didn't stay to watch it. We were more interested in drawing omikuji or written fortunes. However, both Sharon and I were too chicken to try in the event that we get a bad fortune and were in the view that there are some things are better left unknown.

From about 5:00pm onwards, you will find a number of food stalls inside the shrine. (We even saw a stall that was selling kimono for a very low price!) However, we didn't stop by for any food or snacks because we preferred to save our stomach for dinner later.

Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)
625 Gion-machi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0073
605-0073 京都市 東山区 祇園町北側625

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