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Yasaka Shrine

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Shrine for Gion Festival-one of Japan's three biggest festivals

The shrine was built on this place 794 years before the capital was moved to Kyoto from Nara. In 869, when the plague broke out, a event was held to pray to the God of Yasaka Shrine for stopping the epidemic, and it had become one of the Japan's three biggest festivals - the Gion Festival. The month-long Gion Festival is held in Yasaka Shrine in July annually, and the Yamahoko-junko, which is called "moving art museum", is the highlight on 17th.


Address625 Kitagawa, Gion machi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0073
Access5-minute walk after getting off at Keihan Gion Cityjo Station. 8-minute walk after getting off at Hankyu Kawaramachi Station. City bus from JR Kyoto Station and right after getting off at Gion bus stop
Regular holidayNone