Yasaka-jinja Shrine (Gion Shrine)

Temple
Popularly known as Gion Shrine, this Shinto shrine is the head shrine of all 3,000 some Gion shrines in Japan. The main shrine building, a designated Important Cultural Property, is actually comprised of the separate shrine sanctuary and worship hall combined under one roof in an architectural style called Gion-zukuri. The shrine’s famed Gion Matsuri festival in summer got its start as a ceremony to pray for the end of a great plague in 869. From New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, the shrine is visited by a great many worshippers come to perform the “okera-mairi” ceremony. The ceremony involves lighting a lucky rope from sacred fire of burning “okera” (Atractylodes japonica) roots to bring the fire home and start one’s first home fire of the new year, thus bringing good luck for the rest of the year. The Ota-sha Shrahige-jinja Shrine located on the grounds of Yasaka Shrine is believed to provide grant divine favor to those seeking to improve in the performing arts and, as such, the shrine is visited by Gion geisha and maiko.

Spot details

Address
Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 625
Phone
0755616155
Hours
Open 24 hours
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Free
Parking Lot
Not available
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • 「美容水」を肌に数滴つけると身も心も綺麗になるという
    4.0 Reviewed:2022.05.29
    八坂神社本殿の円山公園寄りに、美御前社という小さな神社がありました。ご祭神が容姿端麗であったとの言い伝えから美容の神として人気で、女性の参詣が多いという神社です。 お社の前には、湧き出るご神水「美容水」をたたえている石がありました。この美用水は、肌に数滴つけると身も心も綺麗になるという言い伝えがあります。もちろん私も、つけてみましたよ。効果は?・・・
  • 美御前社(うつくしごぜんしゃ)は、美の神様
    4.0 Reviewed:2022.04.29
    京都の八坂神社の本殿を取り巻くように、たくさんの摂社が建っていることを、今回知りました。その一つが、美御前社(「うつくしごぜんしゃ」と読みます)です。 八坂神社本殿の円山公園側にある、朱色がきれいな小さな神社です。 「美容の神様」として信仰が厚い神社で、社のとなりには「美容水」と書かれたご神水がありました。そのご神水を、肌に数滴つけると身も心も綺麗になるという言い伝えられているそうです...
  • 朱色の可愛い神社です
    4.0 Reviewed:2021.07.29
    2回目の口コミです。八坂神社本殿を正面に見れば右手側に有る朱色の可愛い神社です。鳥居前には美容水なるものも有ります。

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