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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4.05 months ago
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.
5.0a month ago
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.
4.0a week ago
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.
4.0a month ago
There is a Japanese style garden (600yen/person)
I think it would be nice if I visited here during cherry blossom season since there are many cherry threes inside.
Unfortunately neither cherry blossom nor red maple leaves could be seen when I visited here on 13th Dec 2018.
4.02 months ago
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