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.
5.0a month ago
This bright colored shrine has a really huge grounds to explore. There is also an event hall. At first I was reluctant enough to visit the shrine's garden, which has an entrance fee (shrine complex is free to enter and pay your respect to) and it was almost closing time since I arrived around 3 pm. However when I finally had mustered up a decision to check out the ticket price, turns out that day was free of charge. lucky! Taking a stroll round the garden was the highlight of my visit, they have lots of different plants and trees, and also a lake with a resting bridge just before you exit the garden.
5.0a month ago
I love this place!
The garden are amazing with all the water and green around, great place to visit when the sky is blue
4.0a month ago
Enjoyed especially a slow stroll through the nice garden. 600 JPY admission.
5.010 months ago
When entered, the shrine was spacious and peaceful. The buildings were beautifully decorated with giant trees, exquisite pillars and rooftops. Within the shrine, there are smaller buildings in the whole area. We got to explore around for a good hour. When we were there, there was also an art exhibition happening. Pleasantly surprised.
Dont miss the humongous tori opposite the event entrance of the shrine!
4.03 months ago
So Good, so cool heian shrine ( peace in love)