One of the must-see attractions of a trip to Kyoto is the basaka shrine, which sits next to the gion garden. The annual gion festival held at the basaka shrine is one of the three major festivals in Japan. The main gods of the festival include kotoopu, higashi inada and yosho.
It is one of the most famous and oldest Shinto shrines in the kansai region of Japan. Like other Shinto shrines in Japan, the main color of the Shinto shrine is a dazzling orange, which is the dominant color of almost all Shinto shrines in Japan, especially the famous inaba Shinto.
The main hall of the shrine is called the “only garden building”. It is a unique shrine building in Japan. It is an important cultural heritage designated by Japan.
Before 1868, baka shrine was called “gion shrine”, “gion garden society”, “gion garden sense of god courtyard” and “god of god”, but after the separation order of god and Buddha in 1868, it was renamed today’s baka shrine. In other words, it used to be a temple and a shrine.
But the reason I want to share this shrine with you is not that it was once a place where gods and buddhas were united, but that the tang style of this shrine gives me a long-lost sense of intimacy: the tang and song style is found throughout Kyoto (including nara), and there is always a sense of historical complexity in walking anywhere.
I believe that every Chinese traveling to Japan will have this feeling: there are so many historical sites in Japan with Chinese style, and many buildings seem to be copied from China.
When it comes to the cultural connection between Japan and China, the tang dynasty cannot bypass the theme. However, due to the relationship of history, with the change of dynasties, some things have been blurred or even disappeared at home, but in Japan, it is well preserved.
During the most prosperous period of the tang dynasty, when the capital of Japan was Kyoto (Kyoto became the capital of Japan in 794), all the cultures brought back from the tang dynasty, including architectural style, writing, painting, tea ceremony, poetry and so on, were deeply imitated by Kyoto.
Although it is not the first Japanese building to feature the tang style of China, the combination of Japanese aesthetic styles makes the shrine stand out. The red-walled and black-tiled “only garden” is very much like the palaces and other gardens of the tang dynasty, including other main buildings. It also has tang style, which is also the unified style of the Japanese Shinto shrine.
The west gate building of verdue is the largest stone archway in Japan, and the main hall of the shrine is an important cultural relic of Japan. The main hall was rebuilt in 1654, the west building gate was rebuilt in 1497, the zhizi society was rebuilt in 1646, and the stone bird house was rebuilt in 1666.
The basaka shrine is connected to the touring garden maruyama park at the foot of the higashiyama mountains. There are also Japanese tea houses and high-end restaurants in the garden, which is also the only way to kiyomizu temple and takaitai temple.
During the gion festival, all lights are lit and lanterns are hung at the shrine site. Even the shops and streets in the gion area of Kyoto are hung and lit. Naturally, the Japanese, including tourists, came to pray, and the scene was spectacular.
The gion festival is one of the most important festivals in Japan. It is one of the three major festivals in Japan, together with the kanda festival in Tokyo and the Osaka festival of the gods. It is held once a year in July. But in addition to the garden festival, there are also night mountain festival, god festival, also the festival.
About Japanese Shinto shrine, many people think it is a temple, but it is not. Shinto shrine, is the place of Shinto religion in Japan, the object of worship is very wide, and there is no unified object or fixed a few objects, such as fu see rice lotus association chief worship god is yuga of the imperial soul headed by the god of rice lotus.
But the shrine worship is not the rice lotus god, mainly is to worship the god of eliminating evil and exorcising evil, business prosperity. The basaka shrine has thousands of “branches” in Japan, while the basaka shrine in Kyoto is the main branch of about 3,000 basaka shrines in Japan.
Of course, there are also many small and delicate Shinto shrines in the basaka shrine, the most famous of which is the mikahara Shinto shrine. This shrine is very interesting. It is neither for peace nor wealth, but for beauty, which is very popular among young Japanese men and women.
The basaka shrine is also a great place for Japanese sakura viewing, with a large cherry garden. Can imagine in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, the shrine dance hall hung with countless lanterns, night sakura is how beautiful.
1. There are many food stalls at yashaka shrine, with moderate prices, selling some local specialties of Kyoto.
2. It is best to prepare a bag for the garbage, because there are no garbage cans everywhere in Kyoto.
3. The visit to the shrine is free, but the price varies for all kinds of prayers.
4. Kyokaka tram gion four stations, about 5 minutes’ walk; Hankyu station, about 8 minutes’ walk; Take city bus 206 at JR Kyoto station and get off at gion.