At the East end of Shijo St., you will see two bronze imperial guardian lion statues and the vermilion‐lacquered Nishi-romon Gate leading to Yasaka Shrine just above the stone steps. Designated as an important national cultural property and popular with tourists, the Nishi-romon Gate is considered the symbol of the Higashiyama district of Kyoto and Yasaka Shrine, but in fact the front, or main gate to the shrine is the Minami-romon Gate on the south side of the shrine grounds. The Nishi-romon Gate was once known as the Yashamon Gate and the Kagomon Gate. Rather than the usual two guardian Deva kings found in most shrine entrances and some temples, at the Nishi-romon Gate you will see a wooden statue of Zuishin (guardians to the nobles in the Heian Period) on both sides of the gate. In 2007, the roof tiles of the gate were refurbished after a period of 94 years and the gate was repainted with a fresh coat of vermilion lacquer.