The Gates of The Yasaka Jinja
This are the illuminated gates of the Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社 Yasaka-jinja). It was once called the Gion Shrine (祇園神社 Gion-jinja) and is a Shinto shrine in the ever so popular Gion District of Kyoto-shi.
The initial construction on the Shrine began in 656 and from 1871 through 1946, Yasaka Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社?), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines.
The Yasaka Shrine serves as a gateway for thousands of visitors who would pass through the temple on their way to the Maruyama Park for the hanami (sakura viewing) site.
This is the perfect place to pass by as you exit the other temples and sites such as the Kiyomizudera as it is on the way to the Gion (Geisha district) street. In case you are wondering, the barrels on each side carry sake.
Yasaka Jinja (八坂神社).
- Jon K. Stoutlager