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Yasaka-jinja (八坂神社), Kyoto.


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Some quick facts about 八坂神社 (Yasaka-jinja):

  • Also known as Gion Shrine, it’s one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto.
  • Gion Matsuri, a renowned annual festival celebrated every July, originated here.
  • It’s adjacent to Maruyama Park, one of the most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots in Kyoto.
  • Every New Year, thousands of people visit the shrine for traditional Japanese New Year rituals and celebrations.