Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

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  • Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

  • Entrance Gate (Torii) of Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Entrance Torii Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

  • Pathway to Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Pathway To Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

  • Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

  • Horse Statue of Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Horse Statue Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

  • Lion Statue (Komainu) of Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Lion Statue (Komainu) Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

  • Big Red Torii of Heian Jingu Shrine in Background of Awata-jinja Shrine

    Big Red Torii of Heian Jingu Shrine In The Background

  • Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto

    Awata-jinja Shrine In Kyoto

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Awata-jinja Shrine in Kyoto is well-known for its annual lantern festival in the beginning of October called Awata Taisai. The beautiful and quiet shrine marked in the old days the start point of the Tokai-do Road. The road connected Kyoto with Edo (Tokyo). Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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Before travelers started their journey they visited the shrine to pray for a safe trip. My insider tip for you: In August (16th) you can see from the shrine grounds the huge Gozan Okuribi bonfires of Funa-gata and Hidari Daimonji.

  • Awata-jinja Shrine:
  • Opening Hours - open, whole year
  • Admission Fee - free

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Awata-jinja Shrine has a very long history. Kyoto became the capital of Japan in 794. The shrine was already built before 794 and got its name from a clan that lived in this region. During the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) the shrine, start point of the Tokai-do Road, became more and more popular because of the huge amount of travelers passing through on the way to Tokyo.


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Awata-jinja Shrine is located near Shoren-in Temple within the northern part of Higashiyama district in Kyoto.
Address: Awataguchi Kaji-cho 1, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0051 Kyoto

How to get to Awata-jinja Shrine?

  • 30min from Kyoto Station to Jingu-michi stop by bus number 5 or 100 and
  • 10min walk from Jingu-michi stop to Awata-jinja

Sightseeing spots


View over Kyoto - After climbing up the stairs to the shrine you are rewarded with great views over Kyoto.

Festival & Events in Kyoto (dates can change without notice)


Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).


Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.


Beer Garden at Awata-jinja (last Saturday of July)
Every year a beer garden will open at the temple grounds in the end of July.

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

Awata Taisai (8th till 10th, 15th)
The festival is held for 4 days. Enjoy the parades where more than 200 people carry huge portable shrines (mikoshi) on their shoulders and other groups balance spears up to 8 meters high with an weight of 60kg. On the evening you will enjoy the beautiful parades of colorful lanterns.

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