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Heian Shrine

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Address: 97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-761-0221
06:00 - 17:00
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This shrine was built in 1895 in celebration of the 1100th anniversary of...

This shrine was built in 1895 in celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto. Admission is free but there is a small fee for entrance to the gardens, which are home to several beautiful weeping cherry trees which are in bloom during the spring months.

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Beautiful shrine

Came here during new year, this shrine is spacious and has a big torii metres away from the entrance. There isn't as many buildings here compare to some of the other shrines so... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came here during new year, this shrine is spacious and has a big torii metres away from the entrance. There isn't as many buildings here compare to some of the other shrines so won't take long to browse. When it snows the green and red contrasts beautifully against the white snow.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here 15 minutes before it closed to catch a quick glimpse. Property fairly big size so we did not see much of it and it was just getting dark so we probably could. It appreciate all that it offered.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kyoto is an old city in Japan with the most number of temples. This was another temple which we visited when we were at Kyoto. Big compund and very interesting architecture of the temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I've been here over a number of seasons and the garden at the back of the shrine is fantastic. More I think a spring garden than an autumn garden. But a must see at any time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Shows the Japanese architecture, the symbols that represent the old Japanese believes. . Explore the rituals

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I arrived late in the afternoon on a rainy grey day, none the less this is a great visit in a y type of weather, the shrine is huge and very pretty. Definitely put this one on your list for Kyoto!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

to get to the temple we need to walk quite far from the nearest bus stop. in front of the temple there is a nice park with giant torii.. when we came there's an event about children so many children running around with kimono and yukata, very cute..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

It's a temple that have a big area around, and a kind of sand garden. It's a beatiful and peaceful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Impressive entry which captures your imagination. Lots of red, large ground to amble around, and the history is interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

On your tour of Higashi-yama this is an excellent starting point. North you will find Nanzenji and Eikando and eventually Ginkaku-ji. Walking south you will find Shoren-ji, Chion-in, and eventually Kyomizodera. Heian Shrine is the ending point for the Jidai Festival in October. It is landmarked by a giant Torii, arguably the biggest in Japan. The shrine is expansive and... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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