Yasaka Pagoda

Coordinates: 34°59′55″N 135°46′45″E / 34.99855°N 135.77925°E / 34.99855; 135.77925
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Yasaka Pagoda
The Yasaka Pagoda as seen from Yasaka-dori
AffiliationZen Buddhism
RiteKennin-ji Rinzai
LocationHigashiyama-ku, Kyoto
The Yasaka Pagoda located in central Japan.
The Yasaka Pagoda located in central Japan.
Shown within Kyoto Prefecture
The Yasaka Pagoda located in central Japan.
The Yasaka Pagoda located in central Japan.
Yasaka Pagoda (Japan)
Geographic coordinates34°59′55″N 135°46′45″E / 34.99855°N 135.77925°E / 34.99855; 135.77925
Date established7th Century
Completed1408 (Reconstruction)

The Yasaka Pagoda (Japanese: 八坂の塔, romanizedYasaka-no-to), also known as the Tower of Yasaka, is a Buddhist pagoda located in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan.[1] The 5-story tall pagoda is the last remaining structure of a 6th-century temple complex known as Hōkan Temple (法観寺, Hōkan-ji).[2][3] The pagoda is now a tourist attraction.[4]


Archaeological evidence dates the foundation of the Yasaka Pagoda to the 7th Century. The founding date is disputed between the reign of Prince Shotoku and the sixth year of the Tenmu period (678 CE).[5] The pagoda and the associated temple were destroyed and reconstructed several times up to 1408, of which the current pagoda stands to this day.

Control of the pagoda was historically disputed between the nearby Shinto Gion Shrine and the Buddhist temple of Kiyomizu-dera, to the point the pagoda was burnt down in May of 1179.[5] It was later rebuilt in 1191 with funding from Kawachi Genji noble Minamoto no Yoritomo. In 1240, the head priest of the nearby Buddhist temple of Kennin-ji affiliated the pagoda with Zen Buddhism, which remains the official designation of the Yasaka Pagoda to the present day.

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  1. ^ Oevermann, Heike; Gantner, Eszter (2019-08-08). Securing Urban Heritage: Agents, Access, and Securitization. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-429-62435-3.
  2. ^ "Hokan-ji Temple". Kyoto City Official Travel Guide. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  3. ^ "Yasaka-no-to Pagoda". Inside Kyoto. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Mark. "Why your next vacation should be in Japan". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  5. ^ a b "Historic site Hokanji precincts" (PDF) (in Japanese). Kyoto City Archaeological Research Institute. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2021-11-06.