Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kyoto prefecture in Kinki district. The shrine is dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto ( the god of bravery and marriage ). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.This shrine is famous for its gorgeous festival, called Gion Matsuri.

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Name Yasaka Shrine
"八坂神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 625 Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
"京都府京都市東山区祇園町北側625" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 20-minute drive from the Kyoto-Minami I.C. on the Meishin Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 075-561-6155

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Shimenawa

Shimenawa (標縄・注連縄・七五三縄, "enclosing rope") are lengths of laid rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. They can vary in diameter from a few centimetres to several metres, and are often seen festooned with shide. A space bound by shimenawa often indicates a sacred or pure space, such as that of a Shinto shrine.

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