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Heian Shrine, Kyoto

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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. Add Heian Shrine to your Kyoto travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kyoto online visit planner .
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  • Last April, in the family was to visit Kyoto by taxi. I was good to go in a taxi, was crowded at the time of cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms were beautiful.
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  • The detour to every look had been introduced as a shrine is a concert about 10 years ago, became concerned about then go to Kyoto. Unbearably when it entered the atmosphere, and the like. White and Red are seen. Very nice, quiet well planted. This day trip? Was getting about 20 elementary school students that you quietly report wrote. The ambiance was very good.
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  • Since the shrine was. Five large DW slowly was so long ago it was. But in time here like gate closes at 5 is good, but keep in mind. Nokyo-sho was barely safe. I thought the shrine closes. ⛩
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  • The giant Tori marks the entrance to the Shrine grounds. Easy to locate and can be visited for free. There is a garden inside worthy of visiting for a small fee in spring.
  • The main temple area is beautiful and worth visiting and the best of all, it's free. But they charge 600 yen for visiting the gardens which at least in November, they're not worth what they charge. I wouldn't even pay 100 yen. Unless you want to see how a forgotten and uncared garden looks like.
  • Beautiful temple grounds. They have local festivals and events. Worth taking a look.
  • I like Heian Shrine a lot, it has very beautiful orange color, very different than other shrines. I would skip the paid garden admission. The gardens are moist and shady, probably nice walk but not much you can photo without a tripod.
  • The entrance fee is outrageous for the quality of the gardens (November 2017). I would recommend going there and enjoy the great view of thw main buildings (free) and avoid paying the garden entrance fee.
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