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Heian Shrine

97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-761-0221
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This shrine was built in 1895 in celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto. Admission is free but there is a small fee for entrance to the gardens, which are home to several beautiful weeping cherry trees which are in bloom during the spring months.
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97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
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"stepping stones"
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"lost in translation"
in 13 reviews
"covered bridge"
in 13 reviews
"museum of modern art"
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"attractive garden"
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"spacious grounds"
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"beautiful bridge"
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"big gate"
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"water lilies"
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"cherry blossoms"
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"tori gate"
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"japanese garden"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Heian Shrine should be one of the best tourist spot during sakura period. The shrines were very impressive while the gardens were pleasant for photo-taking. Highly recommended.

Thank YTCHENG
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This shrine is in a busy part of town, so finding free bike parking nearby can be problematic. The big Torii gate at the entrance to the shrine is quite a sight. Across the road from the shrine there is a park and a baseball...More

Thank JonHSydney
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can be lucky and enjoy the cherry blossom all at the same time. The gardens are so relaxing and this place shouldn't be missed. Take in the scenery and the history. Loved it !

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This shrine is all about the gardens! Featured in the film, Lost in Translation, it is worthy of a wistful saunter through the meandering paths. Give yourself time to be lost in your thoughts. I toured in the peek of the cherry blossom season. Beautiful...More

Thank Cantertales
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this place and discovered incredible beauty. So many photo opportunities my head exploded. Admittedly we were there during Sakura season but I believe a visit would be worthwhile at any stage. Kids loved their stroll around this peaceful setting.

Thank richard b
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This shrine opens at 6am and hence visited this before heading to Philosopher's Path. There won't much people and hence great for photo taking. Overall, a nice shrine.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is said there are over 2000 shrines in kyoto so this is a good a one to start with as any other The entrance, torii gate and actual shrine are very impressive But the gardens behind, that you have to pay to visit, are...More

Thank PipPaul W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the larger shrines in Kyoto, so it never feels crowded. The main part of the shrine is free, but there is an entrance fee to see the gardens. Depending on the time of the year (late spring, summer and early fall),...More

Thank Jason Y
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shrine was good hard to say how good when you go to other shrines in area that are stunning and heritage listed, but this shrine is worth doing with half the crowds. Lovely large orange structure as gateway I believe it’s the tallest in Kyoto...More

Thank Jason S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This shrine was one of the most beautiful I saw in Japan. The gardens where beautiful, so many cherry blossoms, and the roofs of the shrine where very different from other shrines we visit.

Thank Maolixi
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