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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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  • We went to an event in Okazaki Park, so we stopped at Heian Shrine. It is the first time to enter a good thing until passing through the torii. My first impression was that I was surprised that it was wider than I had expected. I feel that there were few people for consecutive holidays. I received a seal. There were two people who wrote it, and the line was able to be done, but it did not line up so much.
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  • This shrine is best take as part of a visit to Okazaki Park. The open layout makes it ideal for photographers. Early in the morning or late afternoon are best. The gardens on the west side are impress...  more »
  • The land is very large, the entrance has a huge color to live as its characteristics, the opposite shore, the residence, the flowers and the boat is very beautiful, the side of the road next to the Sakita road, walk to the second pass for the sakit, all the way to the peace god, the flower season has the night of the live
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  • One of the newer shrines in Kyoto. It's nice and large with very spacious grounds. Because of that it's not as overcrowded as many other places. Behind the shrine there's a beautiful large garden with ponds. However, the entrance fee to the gardens is 600 ¥ while the entrance to the shrine is free. But I highly recommend visiting the gardens too.
  • Beautiful shrine with a large, peaceful garden to walk around in in all seasons. You can also enjoy some simple snacks in the souvenir shop located next to the shrine.
  • A symbol of Kyoto. While the shrine itself makes up only a small proportion of the area, it is still very big. However, the expansive open areas can still get very crowded on special occasions. Watch out for signs where you cannot take photographs.
  • Beautiful garden inside this shrine. Not to miss especially during spring and early summer. In April, in this garden one can find the late blooming cherry blossom, kanzan sakura. If you miss the someo yoshino, then the kanzan sakura really worths the visit. In June the irises are beautiful. Look around the ponds.
  • Pretty good. tier 2 attraction in Kyoto but that's only because Kyoto is packed with top attractions. The garden is nice though there are prettier gardens that can be enjoyed for free (Nijo if I recall correctly?) Oh, the matcha ice cream opposite is pretty weak. Skip that
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