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Heian Jingu Shrine
Kyoto Top 20 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.4/5
433 Reviews
Temple
Liked by 9
Closed Open from 6:00am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8341, Japan
Phone: +81-75-7610221

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Heian shrine(平安神宮) is the best place to admire and celebrate blooming cherry blossoms! awesome!

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  • Jack F
    Jack F
    San Francisco, California, USA
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    One of my favorites in Kyoto - Do not miss the garden.

    I have visited many times and brought many friends. The garden behind the temple is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. The signature stepping stones across the pond is particularly intriguing. ...

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  • magnificentlanka2020
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    Beautiful and colorful Shrine with giant Torii gate

    The entrance to the temple is elegant with a majestic 24 m high Torii gate. We spent many hours wandering around the Shrine garden and enjoyed the peaceful and serene environment a lot. There were man...

    Reviewed on /Date(1595981813000+0800)/
  • Dioc
    Dioc
    Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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    A Beautiful Historic Shrine

    Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. It is replica of the first Imperial Palace. A peaceful place to stroll and people watch. While we were...

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  • perioddramafan
    perioddramafan
    Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia
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    Heian is a must-see shrine in Kyoto

    Elegant, beautiful, and utterly photogenic . The architecture borrows from the Chinese.Go early to avoid the crowds. And don’t miss the the exquisite gardens behind the shrine which you’ll want to spe...

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  • Siddharth B
    Siddharth B
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    Nice shrine with good garden, good for resting

    Like many other attractions of Kyoto, the shrine has two parts: the garden and the shrine itself. When we entered it was late, so we somehow were able to enter through the gardens free of cost. It’s n...

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The Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate 1,100 years of peaceful relocation of the imperial capital. The attraction is a partial replica of the Imperial Palace from the Heian Period and is dedicated to the worship of Emperor Kanmu and Emperor Komei. Attractions in the area include a giant torii gate, Jingu-michi (shrine walkway), Otenmon (main gate) and Shin-en Garden. The Shin-en Garden in the main hall is considered an iconic masterpiece of Japanese styled gardens that feature a path around a pond.
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