This shrine was erected in 1895 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. The massive 24m-high torii gate leads to the vermilion main building ringed by white sand. The innermost area is a spacious 10-hectare garden, which is designated a national scenic spot.
This is a famous cherry blossom spot with the best season being from early to mid April. The night illumination reflected on the pond creates a magical setting for flower viewing. Jidai Matsuri ('Festival of the Ages') held on October 22nd is one of top three Kyoto festivals and features a long procession people wearing costumes that represent different eras of Kyoto's 1200 years of history. The procession is as long as 2km and last about 3 hours.
PurposeFestivals,elderly,cherry blossom viewing,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 40km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.04 weeks ago
This shrine can be easily located from the far distance by its giant red-orange colored gate. The whole structures within this shrine are painted red-orange, adding brightness to the shrine and I really like this glowing color.
After entering the shrine, there is a spacious ground where we can walk to the main Shrine. Unfortunately, by the time I reach there, the main shrine was already closed but I enjoyed walking around and capturing photos. I also admired its beautiful architectural designs of the temples.
4.02 weeks ago
A nice cultural and beautiful place to visit.
The wide area has four dedicated springs to four different aspects or entities of nature. Although they are by no means big or impressive you can just feel that the locals take these ideas pretty serious and care for the installations.
The shrine itself is beautiful and offers a lot of photo opportunities.
Best thing to do is to take one of the many guided bicycle tours and get some background knowledge on the origin and history of the shrine.
It gets even more impressive and beautiful if you realize how long this area exists already and how good it prevailed over the time.
Definitely a recommended place to visit during a sunny day! 4/5.
5.0a week ago
Beautiful shrine in Kyoto, probably a bit underestimated in if i refer to the few people around. The gardens are beautiful, with some amazing picture spot. Plus, the garden is closing at 5:30pm and the shrine at 6:00pm which is much more than the other shrine in Kyoto. Don't hesitate, just go, you can't go wrong and it's much less crowded than the famous golden-disapointed-shrine.
5.0in the last week
This place is right where the hop on hop off bus stops. We were lucky to see some art. Great stop to have a look.
5.0a month ago
Incredibly beautiful shrine with an expansive garden you can't miss. The weeping cherry blossoms are especially beautiful in the spring. Next time to I would like to see a concert there.