Yasaka Koshindo Temple

Inside are colorful “kukuri saru.” Kukuri saru are charms of monkeys with their hands and feet tied, and warn people not to rush towards what they want. If one controls himself against their desire and then prays to the kukuri saru, their wish will be granted. In addition, on the six Koshin days of the year there is “konnyaku dak,” cooked konnyaku (paste made from starch of arum roots). It is said that if one faces north and silently eats three kukuri saru-shaped konnyaku, they will live with sound health.

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[Admission fee]Free
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  • Unusual and Colorful
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.09.28
    We had just visited the Kiyomizu Temple and were walking through the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. I happened to look down an alley to my left and saw many colorful balls, hanging like garlands from a...
  • Photogenic
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.08.16
    Located just beside Yasaka Pagoda, Koshin-Do is one of the major touristic spots in this area. The buildings are beautifully decorated with colorful balls, on which the wish of donators is expressed...
  • Kimono convention
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.03.26
    All the girls in kimonos come here to make photos for Instagram. So it’s a good spot to make some photos of them, I think lol 80% of the people were girls in a kimono when I was there.

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