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August 30, 2013

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Looking out Yasaka Jinja’s main gate onto Gion street. Photo courtesy Shu Nakada.

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Brightly lit every night, Yasaka Jinja is a perfect stop on your evening exploration of Kyoto. Photo by Gail Nakada.

Most shrines and temples turn off the lights at dusk in Japan. Not Yasaka. This is a great place to visit in the early evening as it is brightly lit, including hundreds of paper lanterns.

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