Yasaka Pagoda in Kyoto

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  • Yasaka Pagoda in Kyoto

    Yasaka Pagoda In Kyoto

  • Yasaka Pagoda in Kyoto

    Yasaka Pagoda In Kyoto

  • Yasaka Pagoda Higashiyama District in Kyoto

    Yasaka Pagoda Higashiyama District

  • Yasaka Pagoda in Kyoto

    Yasaka Pagoda In Kyoto

  • Yasaka Pagoda Higashiyama District in Kyoto

    Yasaka Pagoda Higashiyama District

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Yasaka Pagoda is with a height of 46m the most prominent landmark sign and symbol of the Higashiyama District in Kyoto. The five-story pagoda with the temple treasure (Yasakato-ezu), a designated important cultural property, belongs to the last remaining parts of the Hokanji Temple. The pagoda is surrounded by smaller residental buildings and stands at the top of Yasaka-dori. Do not miss the opportunity to climb up the inside of the oldest pagoda in Kyoto. From the second floor you will have an amazing view over the city of Kyoto. The unique architectural style of the roofs is called "honkawara-buki". The earthquake safe construction of the pagoda with its long central wooden beam is still a study objects for modern architects/experts.

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  • Yasaka Pagoda:
  • Opening Hours - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Closed: - irregularly
  • Admission Fee - 400 yen (Adults)


In 592 the Yasaka Pagoda was established by Prince Shotoku-taishi (574 - 622) during the Asuka period (538 - 710). The temple and pagoda was destroyed numerous times by fire. During a disput between the Yasaka Shrine and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in 1179. Shogun Minamoto Yorimoto (1147 - 1199) gave the order to rebuilt the temple in 1191. Another fire happened in 1291 and 1436. The existing structure was rebuilt in 1440 by the 6th Shogun of Muromachi government Yoshinori Ashikaga (1394 - 1441).


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Yasaka Pagoda is located within the Higashiyama district in Kyoto.
Address: 388 Yasakakamimachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Yasaka Pagoda?

  • 15min from Kyoto Station to Kiyomizu-michi bus stop by Kyoto City Bus 100, 206 and
  • 5min walk from Kiyomizu-michi bus stop to Yasaka Pagoda

Sightseeing spots


three Buddhist relics - can be found on the base of the pagoda

Festival & Events (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.


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.

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