Yasaka Shrine Kyoto - Yasaka Shrine is famous for Gion Matsuri festival which takes there. Yasaka Shrine is also popular in cherry blossom season as crowds head to Maruyama Park.
Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion
Shrine, is a Shinto Shrine in the Gion District
of Kyoto, Japan.
Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue), it was built
originally in 656. The shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a
main hall and a stage.
In 869 the mikoshi (portable shrines) of Gion Shrine were paraded through the streets of Kyoto to ward off an epidemic that had hit the city. This was the beginning of the Gion Matsuri, an annual festival, which takes place in July and has become world famous.
Today, in addition to hosting the Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine welcomes thousands of people every New Year, for traditional Japanese New Year rituals and celebrations. In April, the crowds pass through the temple on their way to Maruyama Park, a popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) site. Lanterns decorate the stage with the names of festival sponsors.