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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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  • I came here for the 'flea market' because of online articles, etc. and don't get me wrong, it's not a flea market--it's a craft market or craft show. Yet, with that said, I probably bought more here t...  more »
  • Located in the garden, and want to get around. I wonder if a bit far to walk from the Metro station. On the East side to Petit battleground of the noodle shop.
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  • I do not like to go to many places, but there is really not a lot of people in downtown Kyoto. Heian-jingu seems to go to the people not much oh, because we all like to the water temple squeeze, then we go to Heian-jingu bar. Heian-jingu's architecture is modeled on parts of the palace in the Heian era, but only two-thirds of the original building. The door will be able to see two trees like cherry trees, this is the wish of Xu, in this wishing tree, bless peace. The real cherry Tree, is on both sides of the hall outside, a variety of a cherry tree, the two trees should also have several hundred years, the trunk is very thick, sakura flowering time must be very beautiful.
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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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