Yasaka Shrine, Gion Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

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!

 

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Gion to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, or Kiyomizu-dera to Gion. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

 

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!

 

Gion Matsuri

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:

 

 

Now…

Here’s a bit of what you might see walking around the grounds of the Yasaka Shrine!

 

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Hand wash. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto. Kimono rental in Gion. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Food and snacks with shaved ice. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine, Gion Kyoto. Lanterns. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine, Gion Kyoto. Lanterns. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

Yasaka Shrine visit, Gion Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel tips

 

HAPPY YASAKA SHRINE VISIT!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Yasaka Shrine!

 



More quick tips for planning your trip to Japan

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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.

Hotels in Kyoto
Search for deals on Kyoto hotels here.

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.

Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!

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The super fast train in Japan
In 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.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, 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 Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.

See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.

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