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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4.03 months 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.
5.03 weeks ago
Beautiful shrine. It is a lot larger than it looks. Peaceful wooded area behind the main buildings. Lots of traditional weddings held here.
4.03 weeks ago
I went here with my Japanese friends. It was very quick visit as it soo hot that day.
I amaze with the tori gate by the entrance. Soo tall and big. It is huge area to explore. May is hot day to visit, so I suggest to prepare umbrellas if you want to go full visit of this Shrine.
The entrance building look beautiful.
Even though temple I visit look like the same, but I like this Heian Shrine as the trees around the temple give better view.
I might cone back to this place to explore all area.
Dint forget to bring sun glasses and hat or umbrella as you may need it.
Better to come by public transport as my friend took forever to get car park and at the end he need to wait in the car as it not allowed to park.
4.02 months 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 month ago
Kamisama here is very holy.
My fortune telling is really accurate. Enormous architecture and very beautiful garden.
If you come in low season like June
You will see hydrangeas in the garden too.