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Heian Jingu Shrine

This is a rather new shrine, built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the Heian Capital. The ritual hall was built in 1976. The torii before the shrine is one of the largest in Japan. But what there really is to see, is the garden and the hundreds of cherry trees. Incredibly beautiful!

Admission fee to the garden: 600 yen for adults

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Jun 20, 2007

Heian Shrine - stylized

This is my fourth favorite Kyoto temple/shrine. There is a sense of stoicism and rituals here. Apparently it was built to commemorate 1,100 years of Kyoto as the capital. It is actually rebuilt in 1976 after a fire. Many students bought lucky amulets. I liked the garden at the back of the shrine.

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Aug 23, 2006

the Heian-period Imperial Palace


Admission to the shrine is free, although entry to the gardens is ??600 (open 8:30am-5:30pm from 15 Mar to 31 Aug; until 4:30pm from 1 Nov to end of Feb; until 5pm the rest of the year).

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Aug 08, 2006

Explore Heian Shrine's gardens.

The gardens of Heian shrine complex are stunning in spring. Cherry blossom literally cascades from the trees and special frame work structures built around the cherry trees. The ponds and streams add to the beauty of the gardens. There is a picturesque covered bridge where you can sit and contemplate the gardens around you. This place is well worth the JPY600 entrance cost.

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Apr 26, 2006
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Once again, Wow........

It amazes me how different the Japanese do things to the rest of the world, check out the Heian Shrine in Kyoto and look at the architecture and bright colours it has built over 100 years ago in the late 1800`s.

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Mar 19, 2006

Heian Shrine

It's a rather impressive complex and quite big indeed. It was our last temple for the day and we were a bit tired when we got there. But the huge space and nice wind and air sort of healed our tired feet and we actually had fun in this shrine. It's hard to miss with its bright orange gate and it has a huge area that leads to the actual shrine. It was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto and the buildings were colorful replicas of the Kyoto Gosho of the Heian Period. My personal favorite is the entrance part wherein you see these huge ropes hanging.

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Oct 15, 2005

Heian Shrine

This is one of Kyoto's newest temples. Built in 1895 to cheer up the people of Kyoto after the capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1868. On first site the huge tori gates over the main road aren't promising, but once inside that all changes. The large gravel courtyard contrasts with the green roof, the bright red painted wood and (on the day we visited) the clear blue sky.

Entrance to the temple area is free. The gardens cost 600Yen. Opens 8.30am and closes 5.30pm when we were there at the end of March.

Don't miss the Kyoto Handicraft Center round the back!

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May 16, 2005

Kyoto Heian Shrine

I began my visit in kyoto by the Heian Temple,a replica of the first imperial palace in the city, built by Emperor Kammu in 794. Was constructed in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100 anniversary of kyoto.
it has a great garden on the rear

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Heian Jingu Shrine

The Heian Jingu Shrine is a popular tourist photo-op and landmark in Kyoto, and was built in 1195 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.

The shrine's brightly colored red roof is very majestic, and prominent from afar. A very high 24-meter tall Torii Gate marks the vicinity of the Heian Jingu Shrine, straddling the road leading up to the shrine.

Within its grounds is a beautiful garden behind the shrine with many weeping cherry trees. There is an entrance fee to the garden and because of this, not many people was able to have the opportunity to view the beauty of it. But less crowds is also a fortunate thing, no?

Also, near the Heian Jingu Shrine are many other tourist attractions like the Municipal Art Museum and the National Modern Art Museum, which are just now the street from it.

For hours and entrance fees (for garden only), please refer to the website listed below.

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Jan 22, 2004

Heian Shrine

Founded in 1895 to commemorate Kyoto's 1100th anniversary. Dedicated to Emperor Kanmu, who founded the capital, and Emperor Komei, the last Emperor to reign before the capital was moved to Tokyo. The Main Gate (Oten-mon), Great Hall of State (Daigokuden) and other brightly coloured buildings are smaller-scale replicas of buildings in the first imperial palace, built 794. Shin-en, a pond garden designed for strolling, is a Place of Scenic Beauty and covers about 30,000 square metres. It is divided into East, Central, West and South sections, each of which has its moment of glory in a different season.
Admission to shrine is free, but a fee is charged for admission to Shin-en Garden

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Nov 18, 2002


This is a scaled-down replica of the first Imperial Palace in Kyoto built by Emperor Kammu in 794 and dedicated to him, was constructed in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.
Beautiful shrine & gardens. The shrine itself is full of history. Very beautiful garden ... especially in the Spring

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Sep 15, 2002

Heian Jingu Shrine

The shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the capital. It is a replica to three fifths of the size of the first imperial palace in the ancient capital Heiankyo. Behind it, there is a beautiful go-round style garden with a total area of 30,000 m2 which is well known for the beauty of its weeping cherry trees, Japanese iris, and waterlilies.

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Aug 24, 2002

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