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Yasaka Shrine

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Address: 625 Gion Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Jan 1st visit

So we went during New Years and the only word to describe the experience is "packed". The sidewalk leading to the shrine was jam packed with people and food vendors - with almost... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So we went during New Years and the only word to describe the experience is "packed". The sidewalk leading to the shrine was jam packed with people and food vendors - with almost no room for independent movement. Luckily it opened up once you got to the shrine and it was worth visiting the multiple buildings and watching everyone preparing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit during the day and you'll be amazed by the structure of the shrine. Visit during the night and the glow of the shrine awes you. Overall, there's no right or wrong time planning to visit the shrine. Enjoy!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just near the crossing of Gion ..it will be interesting to visit the shrine sunset when lights and lanetrns are just lit . This gives the shrine a sere atmosphere even as women wearing Geisha clothes walk up conjuring Imperial Japan images . As you enter try a few of the Japanese delicacies being cooked there including a barb-e-cur fish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first we were a little disappointed, but the more you walk up the hill the crowds thin the stalls fall away and the experience starts. Take your time and savor the experience, take in the views and the history on your way. Enjoy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on one of the weekdays night as I heard this is one of the shrine which is open At night. Nice structure and a lot of lanterns hanging around. There's ongoing construction now so you can't really see the overview of the location. It's pretty looking At night. Went on New Year's Eve As this is one of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The little huts and sub shrines were so much fun to visit. This was my first introduction to Kyoto, it was a bit overwhelming at first.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Again we have visited to this Shrine located at the centre of Gion where there were lots of people clustering around. There were many shopstalls selling different kinds of food and visitors were busy to buy their souvenirs as well as taking pictures on the colorful environment. Highly recommend travelers to visit this spot during their stay in Kyoto.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This marks the spot where the beautiful old streets of Gion are located. This shrine is perfect to have a photo at but that's about all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This place is the most popular place for tourists. Lots of orange torii is very interesting and impressive. Location is not bad, so if you have a chance, you should visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We’ve been here often and it’s always different. Crowds in koyo season are nothing compared to the hoards at sakura time. In the autumn it seemed as if there were fewer sellers of food, souvenirs, fortunes, and religious items along the stairs and walkway up to the shrine from Gion and Shijo Dori. Yet it was just as crammed full... More 

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Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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