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Heian Shrine, Kyoto

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Noted for its scarlet tori gates, Heian Shrine remains one of the most important Shinto sites in Kyoto. Built in 1895 to celebrate the city’s 1,100th anniversary, and relatively new in comparison to similar religious sites, the shrine was designed to resemble a smaller replica of the original Heian Palace. Step into the complex through the large, vividly colored gate, and explore its picturesque grounds. Roam the courtyards and Chinese-style buildings, or, for a small fee, enter the gardens that encircle a large pond, and stroll along stone paths lined by weeping cherry trees and maples. Add Heian Shrine to your Kyoto travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kyoto online visit planner.
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  • This Shinto shrine is only just over 100 years old.A massive torii gate marks the approach to the shrine, around which there are a couple of museums. The actual shrine grounds themselves are very... 
    This Shinto shrine is only just over 100 years old.A massive torii gate marks the approach to the shrine, around which there are a couple of museums. The actual shrine grounds themselves are very...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • The shrine itself is extremely large, if a bit plain visually, and free to visit. The garden behind requires an entry free. It’s quite large as well and has a nice amount of variety but isn’t nearly as picturesque in autumn as the other famous gardens in Kyoto. If you want a long leisurely walk with some peace and quiet it’s a good option though.
  • Have visited here many times over the years on my numerous visits to Kyoto. From driving from Tokyo or Fuji san homes to flying in from overseas. End of September 2021 at 10am on a Wednesday morning is the best visit I have ever had. Sun and silence. Perfect

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