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
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5.03 weeks ago
Great shrine to walk around. Depending on the time of day and year it could be too much for some. Interesting bit of history. More English explanations are welcome.
5.0a month ago
We've been able to visit this on our guided tour. A large entry will lead you to a square that is magnificently bright because if its white surface. The surrounding garden and ponds are maintained very well. It felt like I could have spend here all day but unfortunately wasn't able to. Certainly wouldn't have missed it.
5.02 weeks ago
Famous from the 10 yen coin, this is one of the must see temples in Kyoto. You can enter the garden for 600 yen. It's one of the biggest and most beautiful gardens in Kyoto! Very zen!
5.04 weeks ago
Relatively minimal shrine. I mean there's not much to do in the main area. All the stuff to do is through a pay-gate on the outer sides of the shrine. I have nothing against the price, but since I already went to something similar in the same day, it was not worth to pay twice to basically see the same thing. There are also some traditional fountains where there's a main water source and you use cup-ladles to pour it in your hands.
4.03 weeks ago
There's a huge square once you enter the terrain and you'll see several brightly coloured buildings around you. Although none can be entered it's worth checking out. For a small fee you can take a walk in the surrounding gardens