Yasaka Jinja

  • Capacity: 2~50 persons
  • Address: 625, Gion-cho Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
  • URL: http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/

Introduction Yasaka Jinja in Kyoto was established 1,800 years ago. This traditional shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. It has been known as "Gion-sha," and has been very popular among people in Kyoto since the capital of Japan was moved to Heiankyo (present Kyoto) in 794―Heian-kyo had been the capital until 1869. Yasaka Jinja also has another name, "Gion-san," which gives people pleasant feelings and has many nationwide branch shrines which enshrine Susano-ono-mikoto. The shrine holds the Gion Festival each July, in which nearly 1,800,000 people visit during the festival. This festival is one of the three largest festivals in Japan.

In Yasaka Jinja, there is another shrine, whose name is Okuninushi-sha, in which Okuninusi-no-mikoto, the Kami of marriage, is enshrined. Another shrine, Utsukushi-gozensha, is in the precinct of Yasaka Jinja. This small shrine is dedicated to Munakata-Sanjoshin, three beautiful goddesses and has a small fountain, from which beautiful water flows. This water is very renowned as great water to assist a woman's beautiful skin and the pureness in her heart. This fountain is very popular among young ladies and is visited by many Japanese women who pursue beauty.