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,cherry blossom viewing,art,sightseeing
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5.0in the last week

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!

5.0in the last week

Not the biggest shrine that I visited by terms of shrine size but this is probably one of the biggest by terms of lot size. Visitors would surely love the fact that it's free to visit the shrine (meaning no entrance fee like most of the famous places in Kyoto) however, keep in mind that the garden area requires you to pay an entrance fee.

5.04 weeks ago

Peaceful, serene, big. This is one of many shrines in Kyoto. This has 3 gardens within although I couldn't find any!

5.0in the last week

Really cool place! Huge buildings. Amazing atmosphere. Go visit!

5.02 months ago

One of my favorite shrines in Kyoto! Absolutely beautiful structure. Visit the garden as it changes through the seasons.

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