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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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Phone Number: +81 75-761-0221
06:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Christian R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank Rik R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Yes, the shrine is hugh and pretty. But there is nothing to really see in any shrine except the outside. This can be done in 5-10 mins. The best part of this site is the garden. Unfortunately, it was closed the day I went. Great disappointment. Don't know how you can check beforehand on the status of the garden.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Beautiful temples which have the largest Tori / gate which spans the road. In the first courtyard is the purification area, your guide will explain the ritual with the water. The main courtyard is huge, the temple is beautifully painted in Red and Gold. Do not miss the gardens, beautifully laid out, easy to walk around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This place is huge--not just the grounds but the buildings themselves. Everything is beautifully painted and photogenic, especially the dramatic torii at the entrance. I spent an hour wandering around, plus it's free and easily accessible by bus.

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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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