The Yasaka Cry, located in the Gion district in Kyoto, is often referred to as the Gion Shrine. The shrine is one of the most famous shrines in the city of Kyoto and is located at the end of Shijo-dori Street.
The grounds of the shrine include several buildings and gates. Including the main hall and also a stage.
Every year, Yakasa Shrine hosts numerous events and festivals that are important to the Japanese and is a popular destination for many visitors to Kyoto City.
The Yasaka Shrine respects the gods Susanoo-no-mikoto, Kushiinadahime-no-mikoto, and Yahashira-no-mikogami. Above all, Susanoo-no-mikoto is an important god in Japanese mythology, known for his victory over Yamata-no-orochi (a great serpent with eight heads: a symbol of numerous disasters).
The main hall of Yasaka Shrine has a unique architectural style. It shares this style with the worship hall and, although the two buildings are separate, they share a turret roof. Visitors can see the dance stage to the front of the main hall, along with hundreds of lanterns that are lit at night.
This large stone gate or torii was built in 1646. It has collapsed twice since but been rebuilt and replaced on both occasions. The last such incident was in 1666. It has been declared an Important Cultural Property and visitors can marvel at this stone gate as it proudly stands watch over the shrine grounds.
In front of the shrine, there is a fresh spring whose waters are said to polish beauty and improve the health of one’s skin. It’s called “beauty water” by worshippers and is especially popular with young women. The shrine also sells beauty amulets and in November has blessings for the improvement of beauty.
These portable shrines are believed to be divine. They’re paraded through the streets every year only during Gion Matsuri. This practice began in 869, as a way to ward off an epidemic plaguing Kyoto.
Yasaka Shrine is about a 5-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line; alternatively, it can be reached by an 8-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.
Yasaka Shrine has been there since before Kyoto became capital of Japan. Its gods have been reverently worshiped for 1300 years and it is still a really popular place -- more than 1,000,000 people visit it on New Year’s Day. But today, when I came here on an early morning late in November, only a few people were to be found. The precincts were clean and fresh, bells under the shrine building were brilliantly shining, and the purity of the morning made me feel still and tranquil. It is quite centrally located, and the nearest bus stop is Gion.
Yasaka, which is also known as Gion Shrine is an iconic building in Kyoto. It is located close to the Gion district where you may be able to catch a glimpse at the elusive and mysterious Geisha. I came over during the early evening to take a walk and the place was beautifully lighted up. There are not too many people strolling through the shrine in the evening, giving a peaceful atmosphere not available during the day.
A lesser known festival that happen just after Gion Matsuri, the Shinko Festival which takes place on the 17 July. Here three big palanquins are carried from Yasaka Shrine and shouldered around the town afterwards. The palanquins represent the deities which are highly connected with the Gion Festival. Join the crowds which number in their thousands to celebrate this festival.
Here is my moment of truth. Coming face to face with the professor of tea in Kyoto’s Teramachi district. In the freshly brewed cup, I see three generations of tea making, all instilled in a single drop of jade dew tea, the essence of unami in Gyokoro tea .
Gion Ishi Restaurant Kyoto is on the Shijo Street. Many people pass this place, but few step in to find an Aladdin's cave of gemstones, topped with a delicious restaurant featuring duck, served comfort food style with rice or noodles and a menu in English, Japanese and Korean
Maruyama Park is the oldest public park in Kyoto and a popular springtime cherry blossom viewing spot. It opened in 1886 and is located next to Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama District. The park was laid out by the well-known gardening expert Ogawa Jibee (1860–1933). As it is one of the most popular places for hanami in Kyoto, it can get quite crowded during the high season in April. The main attraction of the park is a beautiful weeping cherry that is illuminated at night. In the southwest of the park is the Chorakukan Villa, which the Japanese tobacco king Murai Kichibee had built. This property is now used as a hotel.
The Kodaiji is located northeast of the Yasaka Hokanji Temple at the foot of the Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains in Kyoto. The official name of the temple is Kodaiji-Jushozenji Temple. In 1606, the temple of Kita-no-Mandokoro was dedicated in memory of her late husband. Kita-no-Mandokoro was also known as nene. The Kaisando (Founder's Hall), Otama-ya (Sanctuary), Kasatei (Tea House), Shiguretei (Tea House), Omotetmon (Gate to the Sanctuary), and Kangetsudai (Moon Viewing Pavilion) are designated as important cultural assets in Japan. The temple garden is said to have been designed by the landscape gardener Kobori Enshu (1579-1647). The Japanese government has designated the garden as a historic site and a place of scenic beauty. The interior of the main building was originally painted with lacquer and covered with exquisite gold decorations. However, the current building was rebuilt in 1912 after several fires. Kodai-ji hosts modern art exhibitions in spring and fall. These are set up in the rock garden in front of Houjyo and are creatively illuminated at night.
Kennin-ji is a historic Zen Buddhist temple in Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan, near Gion, at the end of Hanami Lane. It is considered to be one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or "five most important Zen temples of Kyoto". [Wikipedia]