Yuki-jinja Shrine dates from the founding of Heian-Kyo (Kyoto), and was established to protect the northern quarter of the city from evil influences. It stands at the base of Kurama Mountain, and is especially picturesque, featuring elaborate buildings from the Momoyama Period(1568-1598), an ancient stone lantern, and cedar trees that are over 800 years old.
It is famous for being the site of the Kurama Fire Festival, which takes place on October 22nd each year, and is one of Kyoto's three great festivals. Massive watch fires are set along the streets of Kurama, and more than 250 pine torches, some weighing as much as 80 kilograms, are lit and paraded along the street up to the shrine along with mikoshi (portable shrines). It is a very dramatic festival, rich with the spirit of ancient times.
* Address: 1073 Kurama-Honmachi Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
* Access: 5-minute walk from Kurama Station on the Eizan Railway Kurama Line
* Hours: 9:00-16:30