Heian Shrine, Kyoto

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    Explore Heian Shrine's gardens.

    by worldkiwi Written Apr 26, 2006

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    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.

    Directions: To get to Heian, take bus #32 or bus #5. From the latter, get off opposite the Art Museum and walk through the park on the north side of the road.

    Hei-an gardens Entrance to Hei-an Shrine
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    Once again, Wow........

    by kid-keith Written Mar 19, 2006

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    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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    Heian Shrine

    by konniemario Written Oct 15, 2005

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    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.

    Address: Okasaki Nishitenno-cho

    Directions: Take Bus no. 5 from Kyoto Station and get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijitsu-kan-mae stop and walk north.

    Phone: 761-0221

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    Heian Shrine

    by ClareyD Written May 16, 2005

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    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!

    Address: Okazaki region of Eastern Kyoto

    Directions: We walked here from the southern end of the Philosophers path and it should probably be combined with this due to its location.

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    Kyoto Heian Shrine

    by quime Updated Oct 23, 2004

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    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

    Address: Eastern Kyoto

    me and the Heian temple on the background
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    Heian Jingu Shrine

    by naruto Written Jan 22, 2004

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    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.

    Address: Nishi Tennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN

    Directions: From JR Kyoto Station take City Bus 5 or 100 to "Kyoto Kaikan Bijitusu-kan Mae".
    Stop will be announced in Japanese & English.

    Website: http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/index_e.html

    Main Gate
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    Heian Shrine

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    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

    Address: 97 Nishi Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku

    Directions: Subway Tozai Line: Higashiyama Sta.-walk 7 min.

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    HEIAN SHRINE

    by Adeline_Foo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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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    Heian Jingu Shrine

    by schmoopy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

    Address: Nishi Tennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN

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    Heian Jinja

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 19, 2012

    Heian Jinja is a fairly new ( by Kyoto standards) shinto shrine built in 1895 and know for its large size and gardens

    Address: 97 Nishi Ten-o-cho Okazaki Sakyo-ku

    Website: http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/index_e.html

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    Heian Jingu shrine

    by yukisanto Written Feb 1, 2007

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    It's a huge walled in area in the middle of town. Quite unmistakable gate. Entrance to temple is free, but you have to pay to enter the garden, which we didn't.

    Directions: Take bus 5 from Kyoto station, stop at Kyoto Kaikan Bijitusu-kan Mae bus stop. OR walk 3 min from Subway Higashiyama Station.

    Past the main gate of the shrine

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    Sign

    by wathy Written Dec 11, 2004

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    Heian Jingu sign.
    If you go to Heian Jingu by bus, notice this sign, and prepare to get down then walk about 5 mins.

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    Heian Jingu

    by Blatherwick Updated May 10, 2004

    This is a very good temple to visit as it is has an interesting structure based upon the original Imperial Palace and excellent gardens.

    Directions: Get off at Higashiyam Station and hand a left at Sanjo-dori. Take another left the first large intersection and go to the end of the road.

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    KYOTO: Heian shrine

    by dewaele.j Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This Shrine was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1100 ´s birthday of the capital (Kyoto). It is a great place to get acquainted with the local customs of Japanese religion (Shinto).

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    You have to visit the temples...

    by leonnox Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    You have to visit the temples ...but just one problem , if you want to visit all of them , you should stay about one month !

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