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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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  • We actually didn't intend to visit, we was walking to the beginning of our hike but couldn't miss the beauty of this place at the bottom of the street. we ended up spending the whole day here. Falling...  more »
  • We went on new year's day. So crowded because it was about nine o'clock morning, sweet. For the first time we went we were staff, vermilion Torii and buildings were great. Give rich and delicious on the natural sweetness.
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  • Very close to the Temple of silver or better known as the Ginkakuji Temple is this fantastic sanctuary. Huge! With its giant Torii. A not to be missed visit in Kyoto!
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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.