We got off from the bus right opposite of Yasaka Shrine that night. It was not so crowded as what I expected. It was 6PM but it looks like a very late night when we arrived there.
There was a guy with a cute pose when we arrived at Yasaka Shrine gate. He took some snaps with the same pose and repeated it again because it was not like what he wanted. I could not get a clear gate photos because he was still there. :p
It was windy that night that Mr. F expected there will be some street foods opened in the shrine area. Unfortunately, they closed their food stalls when we arrived. Too bad.. 😦
Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社), known as Gion Shrine. This shrine is one of the famous shrine in Kyoto. Inside Yasaka Shrine there are some small shrines like, Eki Shrine, Shinto Shrine, Akuoji Shrine, etc. All these small shrines located surround the Yasaka Shrine in the middle.
The dance stage in front of Yasaka Shrine with hundreds of lanterns with the name of donator to the shrine. The stage usually used for many celebrations or matsuri. I did not capture the Yasaka Shrine itself because that time it was covered due to some construction works. 😦
There were fewer visitors that night unlike what most reviews said that the place is always crowded. It was so peace there even the visitors there did not make noisy voice and enjoy explore the area silently.
Luckily there are some vending machines there where we decided to buy a hot orange juice to warm ourselves and get vitamin C to our body to prevent cold in this cold weather. Well, it will be bad if we are sick during a trip right?
Our next stops will be Pontocho! Before we go to Pontocho, we walked along Shijo-dori, a large shopping street just right in front of Yasaka Shrine.
Not far from Yasaka Shrine, there is a Japan Kanji Museum & Library. We visited the museum at wrong timing. The museum was closed for the day, left the museum souvenir shop that still operated.
Here are some photos of what’s inside :
There were some miniatures from the Gion matsuri parade. It was small yet so detail, Japanese people likes to do details like the original when they do handcraft.
The large cart above is the real size of the matsuri parade miniature that I showed you before.
The museum played some videos in a large electronic folding screen or byobu showing the history of Kyoto. Unfortunately I could not understand what the video explained, because I don’t understand japanese well. 😦
Before leaving the museum, there’s a vending machine where you will get a flattened medal as a souvenir. This is my first flattened medal from Japan. Hehe. Most of tourist collected these medals from everywhere in Disneyland and Disney Sea. I was surprised that in this museum also have the medal vending machine. It was worth to spend for me as a souvenir when later on I found myself become addicted to collect this kind of medals. Hehe. I think the machine inside has something to heat the medal to make it soft so that can be easily shaped to what we had chosen. Why I thought so? Because the medal felt warm when it come out from the machine.
The meaning of my medal :
625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0073, Japan
Japan Kanji Museum & Library
Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 605-0074, Japan
Open from 9.30am to 5pm
Closed Mondays, unless a national holiday, and over the New Year period.
Admission: Adults 800 yen