Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine (祇園神社, Gion-jinja), is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue), the shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage. The Yasaka shrine is dedicated to Susanoo as its chief Kami, with his consort Kushinadahime on the east, and eight offspring deities (yahashira no mikogami) on the west. (Wikipedia)
Yasaka Shrine is one of Kyoto's top attractions and most popular landmarks, especially for the brightly painted two-story vermilion entrance gate and the large wooden stage decorated with hundreds of traditional lanterns. Yasaka Shrine is also well known for its summer festival, the Gion Matsuri, which is celebrated every July. The many lanterns bear the names of the festival sponsors make for a beautiful sight, especially when lit at night.