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Yasaka Shrine Tours

Host to Japan’s most famous festival, Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine is located in the heart of Kyoto. Yasaka Shrine dates back to the 7th century, when it was known as Gion Shrine for its location near the Gion district, famous for the geisha that live and work there. The shrine consists of several buildings. The main hall houses an inner sanctuary and a secondary hall. One of the most prominent features of the shrine is a large stage out front lined with hundreds of lanterns. One of the most popular times to visit the shrine is in the evening or at night, when the lanterns light the stage. 

The annual Gion Matsuri festival began more than 1,100 years ago at Yasaka Shrine. In modern times, it takes place every July. Originally, the festival sought to expunge the city of illnesses. Today, the festival celebrates craftwork. Intricate fabrics, textiles, and sculptures adorn floats that men carry through town. Music, costumes, and street food contribute to the festive atmosphere. Yasaka Shrine is also a popular place to visit during the Japanese New Year and during cherry blossom season.

Practical Info

Yasaka Shrine can be reached by public bus in Kyoto. It is located near the Gion bus stop, which can be reached from Kyoto Station on city buses number 100 or 206. By train, the closest stop is Gion Shijo Station. The shrine can also be reached by a beautiful 25-minute walk from Kiyomizudera.

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Kyoto Temple, Shrine, Geiko & Sake Tour, Kyoto, null
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Kyoto Temple, Shrine, Geiko & Sake Tour

Clients will learn about the legendary history of old Japan dating back 2,677 years. They will visit a 700 year-old Temple, another 1,300 yr old Temple and two ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.03
Muslim-Friendly Kyoto Tour with Halal Beef Lunch, Kyoto, Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours
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Muslim-Friendly Kyoto Tour with Halal Beef Lunch

This is a private full-day tour for Muslim visitors who want to visit what many say is the best tourist city in Japan, Kyoto. A local guide will show you the ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.65
Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks, Kyoto, Cultural ... 
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks

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The true magic of Kyoto comes alive at the end of the day, when the past and the present blend into the night! Take to the streets as dusk falls and see how ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.45
Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto, Kyoto, Walking Tours
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

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During this kimono rental or yukata rental experience, you can rent and get dressed in a kimono or yukata (during the summer) in the Gion District of Kyoto. ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $28.51
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour, Kyoto, Cultural Tours
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.76
Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan, Kyoto, Custom Private Tours
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Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan

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Join a local scholar of religion on a 3-hour walking tour of Kyoto, exploring Shinto and Buddhist landmarks. Visit Yasaka Shrine, Kennin-ji Temple and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Gion Walking Tour in Traditional Kimono, Kyoto, Cultural Tours
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Gion Walking Tour in Traditional Kimono

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Walk around Kyoto’s historic geisha district, Gion, in a kimono during this 4-hour experience. Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s traditional culture. Meet your ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.18
Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan, Kyoto, Walking Tours
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Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan

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If you want to possess a deeper understanding of Shintoism and Buddhism, the religions of Japan, this private 3-hour walking tour of Kyoto is the perfect ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $486.66

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