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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. 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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  • Your visit to Heian Shrine is not complete without checking out the Japanese garden, because the shrine itself is "fairly new" for Kyoto standards, therefore not so interesting. In fact most Japanese ...  more »
  • very large ground before shrine; every corner there is a shrine. its a samurai shrine where small stone & sands were place at compound infront of shrine to detect enemies.  more »
  • This shrine is located in a big student college area & has the space for large events which looking at the posters seem to happen quite regularly. So if like us you like to experience local culture as...  more »
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  • Cool orange buildings and structures. If you are into Shinto things, this is a must see. I like to look at the way the buildings are put together. In old fashioned Japanese architecture, they don't use any nails or glue. Sometimes they would disassemble the whole structure and move it to another location. Pretty cool!
  • Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine popular with Japanese newly married couples taking photos. We went in with the day tour group, saw some Sakura blooms, take a photo of the main shrine, did a quiet prayer in the shrine, turnaround and get out. That's all to it. There is a separate garden to the side.. but not included in our tour package or schedule.
  • Beautiful place to visit! Weddings are very popular on site. Many places to visit around the area.
  • A very cool, historic shrine. Kyoto has many places that make you feel like you've stepped back in time and this is one of them. Loved touring this place while I was here.
  • Absolutely stunning gardens. Skip the main shrine and just buy tickets to the gardens, they are quite spectacular and a good demonstration of the Japanese Garden architecture.