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Heian Jingu Shrine
A stunning tourist spot in Kyoto renowned for its beautifully vermilion-painted buildings.
Established in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo, this shrine is relatively new. The buildings emulate the central government office, the "Chodo-in," where significant ceremonies took place during the Heian period. Once you step into the precincts, adorned with these vermilion structures, you feel as though you've time-traveled back to the Heian era.
Influenced by the main hall of the Chodo-in, the grand Daigokuden, along with intricately designed structures like the Byakko-ro and the Soryo-ro, are key cultural assets of the nation and are absolute must-sees. The shrine's iconic "Otorii" gate boasts an impressive scale at 24 meters in height and 18 meters in width.
The deities enshrined are Emperor Kanmu, the founder of Heian-kyo, and Emperor Komei, the last emperor of Heian-kyo. Believers seek blessings ranging from good fortune and prosperity in business to protection from misfortune and academic success. Before the war, many weddings took place before the deities, making it a revered power spot for romantic connections.
The Shin-en garden surrounding the buildings is divided into four areas representing the cardinal directions, each adorned with flowers of the seasons. The cherry blossoms in spring are particularly breathtaking, attracting numerous tourists.
Founded in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the Heian-kyo establishment.
Magnificent vermilion buildings that replicate the Chodo-in of Heian-kyo.
Beautiful Shin-en garden adorned with seasonal flowers.
Also on display is a significant cultural property deeply related to the shrine's founding: the Kyoto City Electric Railway train, colloquially known as the "Chin-Chin train."
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 97 Okazakinishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
- Open every day
- 6:00am - 5:00pm (Extended to 5:30 pm or 6:00 pm depending on the season)
Shrine precincts are free.
Shin-en garden: Adults 600 yen, Elementary school children 300 yen (Entry from 8:30 AM until 30 minutes before closing time)
- Alight at the "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae" bus stop on the Kyoto City Bus and walk for 5 minutes.
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)