Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the historic Gion district of Kyoto. Yasaka Shrine was established in 656AD and is famous for Gion Matsuri festival which takes there.
Japanese Shrines are sacred buildings of the Shinto religion, an indigenous religion to Japan. The primary objective of a Shinto Shrine is to store and protect sacred objects, kami. These objects are said to be enshrined. Most Shinto Shrines feature a honden, the primary building where the sacred objects, kami are stored. An exception to this is where the sacred object is a mountain or similarly large object. Some shrines contain halls for worship, known as haiden.
Toyokuni Shrine (also read as Hokoku Shrine) is the Shinto Shrine, in Kyoto, built to enshrine Toyotomi Hideyoshi after his death in 1599 and features the first tamaya (alter for ancestor worship). Toyokuni Shrine and specifically the alter were destroyed by the Tokugawa clan and the site closed in 1615 Read more [...]