Yasaka Shrine

A large complex of well maintained, stunning shrines, pagodas and other Shinto monuments and buildings. Occasional festivals and events occur throughout the year.

Budget travel tips

  • Combine this with a walk around Gion.
  • There are a few other shrines and a pagoda in this complex, so explore around it.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the 206 bus to Gion.

From other areas, take the bus to Gion (large bus stop on maps).


Opening time: 10am to 5pm

Cost: Free

Official Website


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House and Khaosan Kyoto Theater

Khaosan have a load of hostels in Tokyo, and their Kyoto hostels are solid hostel experiences.  Expect polite, excitable staff and really good prices.

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House: Check prices at Booking.com

Khaosan Kyoto Theater: Check prices at Booking.com

More at Booking.com

Kyoto Accommodation Guide

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.