So the Yasaka Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto, and it’s located in the also famous Kyoto district of Gion.
It’s a place to wander through, and you can easily make it a part of your day when you’re in the area.
If you’re trying to figure out how much time to dedicate to this shrine, generally you probably won’t need more than 30 minutes for a walk around, and possibly 15-20 minutes.
If you’re looking for a place to relax for a bit, Maruyama Park is located right nearby. This park is also one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto.
And when you’re ready to move on from Gion, you can start from the Yasaka Shrine and walk towards the UNESCO world heritage site of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, passing by the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets along the way for a bit of “classic Kyoto.”
A walk from Gion to Kiyomizu-dera Temple can be a perfect part of your day!
How much does the Yasaka Shrine cost?
There is no entry fee here!
So all the more reason to go for a visit when you’re in the area!
There’s a very large festival that’s held every year in Kyoto called the Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival).
This can also be considered to be one of the largest festivals in all of Japan, and the festival is basically centered around the Yasaka Shrine.
If you’ll be in Japan in the summer of 2019, this festival takes place from July 1 – July 31, and there are 2 parades that are planned for July 17 and July 24.
Japanese language tip: SHRINE
You might also hear Yasaka Shrine being referred to as Yasaka-jinja.
Jinja means shrine.
Yasaka Shrine as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary
I made a visit to Yasaka Shrine as a part of my day with an unlimited one day Kyoto bus pass:
- Nijo Castle (+ teahouse)
- Kinkakuji Temple
- Ryoanji Temple
- Yasaka Shrine
- Chion-in Temple
- Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets
- Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Here’s a bit of what you might see walking around the grounds of the Yasaka Shrine!
HAPPY YASAKA SHRINE VISIT!
Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Yasaka Shrine!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi Inari Shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path walk
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.
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For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.
Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.
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Japan is a mountain country so be sure to get in some hikes!
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The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
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