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.