Welcome to Yasaka Shrine, a beautiful Shinto temple complex in the heart of Kyoto and right in the middle of the Gion and Higashiyama districts. Just head up a large staircase brings you to a beautiful shrine complex with multiple temples and areas to explore.
Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine, is a beautiful Shinto shrine nestled on the bustling outskirts of the Gion district in Kyoto. Built in 1350, it is a large temple complex area that has multiple small shrines and other sites within the temple grounds. Just look for the tall stairs in the busy intersection in Gion and you can’t miss it!
You will also find a lot of small stalls around the temple grounds selling goods and amazing street food, so make sure to take advantage of that. It is also a busy shrine with bustling streets around it, making it a popular place to visit for tourists, so just be prepared for crowds (during normal times). It can also get super packed, so just be ready for that (when things were normal a year ago). The shrine, which is open 24/7 (no entrance fees either) is also a favorite night spot because of its lights, so if you are a night owl or want to visit in the later hours, you can venture around whenever you want to.
Do note, it is a little bit of a hike from Kyoto Station to get to the temple complex, so if you are staying in that area, take a subway or cab to reach the shrine. It will save your legs as you make your way around this incredible city. There not a lot of direct subway lines to get there, so you will need to find a plan to get their to make the most of the time to visit the shrine.