About Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine is an old shrine that has been here since before the capital moved to Heian-kyo in 794. And it has been popularly called “Gion-san”. The main deity, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, is believed to be the god of purification from all kinds of misfortune, and many gods are enshrined within the shrine grounds.
The main hall of Yasaka Shrine is a National Treasure. In addition, a total of 29 other buildings both inside and outside the shrine grounds are designated as Important Cultural Properties.
The world-famous Gion Festival is a festival of this shrine. It is one of the three major festivals in Japan. This festival began about 1150 years ago (Heian period) to pray for the suppression of plague and disease.
Chionin Temple is within a few minutes walk from Yasaka Shrine. You just go through the Maruyama Park behind the shrine to the north. You will soon see a huge Sanmon gate of Chion-in Temple.