Heian-jingu Shrine

Sightseeing information about Heian-jingu Shrine in Japan.


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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,spiritual places,cherry blossom viewing,art,sightseeing,major
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3.0a month ago

The shrine itself is extremely large, if a bit plain visually, and free to visit. The garden behind requires an entry free. It’s quite large as well and has a nice amount of variety but isn’t nearly as picturesque in autumn as the other famous gardens in Kyoto. If you want a long leisurely walk with some peace and quiet it’s a good option though.

5.03 months ago

Have visited here many times over the years on my numerous visits to Kyoto. From driving from Tokyo or Fuji san homes to flying in from overseas. End of September 2021 at 10am on a Wednesday morning is the best visit I have ever had. Sun and silence. Perfect

5.0a year ago

I spent New Year's Eve here. It was very beautiful. All the staff were very nice and helpful. It's definately worth a visit.

5.06 months ago

Beautiful shrine complex with a lot of open space and well-kept buildings. No crowds when we visited which allowed the kids to explore the grounds while the adults admired the buildings. Be sure to check out the four statues representing the four cardinal directions (blue dragon - East; white tiger - West; black turtle - North; and I can’t remember - South).

5.03 months ago

The garden is much more than advertised. Anyone who loves Japanese gardens would be overjoyed to spend an afternoon here

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