Yasaka Shrine is an old shrine which has a national treasure Honden (main shrine building) and also famous for answering prayers for matchmaking, driving away evil spirits, beauty and more. The adjacent Maruyama Park is the oldest park in Kyoto and famous for its beautiful weeping cherry trees.
●Hanami-koji Street～Kennin-ji Temple
Hanami-koji Street is the main street of Gion area lined with many tasteful houses. Nearby is Kennin-ji Temple, known as the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. The temple has cultural assets such as “Fujin Raijin-zu byobu” (The folding screens of Wind God and Thunder God) and its unique gardens are among its attractions as well.
Chion-in Temple boasts a vast complex of temple buildings such as Mieido (national treasure) and one of Japan’s largest gates, Sanmon gate. There is “Yūzen’en Garden” in the temple ground which is a little-known spot for autumn leaves. You can see a beautiful view of autumn leaves reflected on the pond there.
The dance performance held in April by Gion Kobu area’s Geiko and Maiko at Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater.
●Gion Matsuri Festival
The festival of Yasaka Shrine held in July famous for the highlights of festival car parades on the 17th and 24th of the month.
The dance performance held in November by Gion Higashi area’s Geiko and Maiko at Gion Kaikan theater.
An event of bell ringing out the old year starts late at night of December 31st at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple and Choraku-ji Temple (Numbered ticket needed). Allowed to just watch at Chion-in Temple・Reservation required.
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