The most Instalicious temple in Kyoto, Yasaka Koshin-do
Close to the famous Yasaka Pagoda, you can find a small temple with the official name of Daikoku-san Kongo-ji Koshin-do, but which is most often called Yasaka Koshin-do. The temple known for its monkeys is dedicated to Shomen Kongo, who is said to relieve people of their sicknesses. At this temple, you get to write your wishes on colorful monkeys which you then hang from the temple buildings. The colorful monkeys make for a great background for photos, which is why people from all over the world come to this temple to take pictures in front of the monkeys. This is why you may have already seen pictures taken at this temple if you’ve searched for Kyoto on Instagram. Yasaka Koshin-do doesn’t feel stately, but friendly and welcoming, and this must be the reason behind its popularity. So, it’s time to change into a kimono and go to the monkey temple!