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Heian Shrine, Kyoto

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Historic Site
Noted for its scarlet tori gates, Heian Shrine remains one of the most important Shinto sites in Kyoto. Built in 1895 to celebrate the city’s 1,100th anniversary, and relatively new in comparison to similar religious sites, the shrine was designed to resemble a smaller replica of the original Heian Palace. Step into the complex through the large, vividly colored gate, and explore its picturesque grounds. Roam the courtyards and Chinese-style buildings, or, for a small fee, enter the gardens that encircle a large pond, and stroll along stone paths lined by weeping cherry trees and maples. Before you head to Kyoto, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kyoto vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Kyoto has to offer, including Heian Shrine.
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  • The first thing that strikes you is the brilliant orange/red colour of the temple being viewed through the massive gateway. It is a place to pray so respect is required and I can advise you not to tak...  more »
  • I visit this area twice a year, in Spring and in Autumn. In Spring, hundereds of cherry trees are in full blossoms. In different from other places, there is large and beatiful distant view against the...  more »
  • The main attraction is surely the garden. We visited during the cherry blossom and it was 600 yen (I think you have to pay all year round). The kind of cherry trees growing there usually bloom slightl...  more »
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  • The best sightseeing place. Especially, its garden is very beautiful. When I visit here, one couple took there wedding pictures in the garden. It looked good. I love this place. ^_^
  • This grand shrine called Heian Shrine is located in Sakyō-ku is one of the greatest in Kyoto. The Shrine is ranked as " Beppyou Jinja ". It is a title given the top ranking Shinto Shrines in Japan. It was back in 1895, a partial reproduction of the Heian Palace from Heian-kyō ( Heian-kyo is the former name of Kyoto ) was planned for construction for the 1100th anniversary of its establishment. Because of the failure to buy enough land to materialize this project in the place where the Heian Palace used to stand at, the construction of its building was executed in Okazaki at 5/8 of its original scale. The original plan was to bring Suzakumon Gate to its original location in Senbon-Marutamchi which is the former location of so-called Suzaku Oji. ( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )
  • A nice shrine. Interesting as always. Very pretty. The nature especially complements the supreme architecture.
  • Beautiful shrine. I recommend paying the small fee to enter the gardens - apparently this is a fantastic spot to view cherry blossoms when they're in season, but even during winter the gardens were beautiful!
  • Brightly coloured shrine built for the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto. Attached gardens are well worth visiting.