Yasaka-jinja Shrine

Kyoto, Kansai

Yasaka-jinja, in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto is believed to have been built in 876. Deities enshrined here are the god Susano-o-no-Mikoto, his consort Kushinada-hime-no-Mikoto, and their son Yahashira-no-Mikogami. Yasaka-jinja is the headquarters for around 3,000 affiliated shrines nationwide, including other Yasaka-jinja and Gion-sha. “Gion” refers to a Buddhist guardian deity. With this Buddhist figure also enshrined, the shrine was known as “Gion-sha” for a long time. In the mid-19th century, however, the name was changed to Yasaka-jinja. People here are quite attached to the shrine and continue to refer to it affectionately as “Gion-san.” The Main Hall, designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, is a rare building in the shinden-zukuri Yoshiki style (an architectural style used for aristocratic residences, predominant during the 9th-12th centuries). This style is also called Gion-zukuri.


625 Kitagawa, Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/20-min. ride/Gion Stop/2-min. walk

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