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Heian Shrine

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Address: 97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
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06:00 - 17:00
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This shrine was built in 1895 in celebration of the 1100th anniversary of...

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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You have to pay to visit the garden but that makes it less crowded than others. It features a Chinese style covered bridge over the pond and some stepping stones. It's a... read more

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The gardens are worth a visit. It's a lovely quiet Shrine we a large Tori gate as you cross the bridge going north. Gardens have teripins, heron and ducks and we were lucky enough to see a Japanese wedding party walk fromthe Guest house to the shrine full regalia

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As part of a half day tour we were taken here and it certainly is a very bright (in colour) Shinto shrine - orange being the main colour. At the entrance there is an impressive orange entrance (torii) gate. Being cherry blossom time the blooms were out and it was interesting to see many paper (wishing) messages attached to branches.

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You have to pay to visit the garden but that makes it less crowded than others. It features a Chinese style covered bridge over the pond and some stepping stones. It's a peaceful oasis compared to the crowds at the Golden pavilion. The shrine itself is large and has a huge red torii gate across the street. The shrine is... More 

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Heian Shrine (平安神宮) is a Shinto shrine with a large number of pink weeping cherry trees in the gardens on the shrine grounds. Admission fee to the garden is not cheap but well-worth it. A garden not to be missed whether you are visiting during the cherry blossom season or not. The garden is just beautiful for a leisurely stroll... More 

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If you visit Kyoto in late March-early April, do visit this shrine--at night. The gardens hold hundreds of weeping cherry trees, a very nice shrine, and they light the area with lanterns after dark--a unique experience. You can also stroll past the many sakura parties taking place in the tented pavilions provided under the famed trees. It's an experience not... More 

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Some of the best gardens in the world and we were here for cherry blossom time so many shots you could publish a

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We visited the gardens at Heian Shrine. It's a nice strolling garden with stepping stones and a covered wooden bridge across the central pond, but lacked the wow factor. If the weeping cherry blossom trees had been in bloom, it would have been a spectacular sight. If possible, visit when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It is a small... More 

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The approach to the shrine is home to a giant torii gate on the main street, the main shrine area has a really spacious courtyard area. The gardens of the shrine have a small entrance fee, but are certainly big enough to justify it. There are various plants and trees, plenty of sakura in peak season, and a wonderful pond... More 

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The brilliant shrine with the largest torii in Japan stands as majestic entrance for a spectacular garden. Last visit during the sakura hannami found nearly everyone in Japan crowed in to enjoy the splendor. This visit, just past mankai for most cherries found fewer persons and the weeping cherries cheering the Spirit.

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We were recommended by our tour guide to visit just the garden of this shrine for the hanging cherry blossoms among others since we had visited Kyoto right after the somei yoshino kind of cherry blossoms had fallen off. Hanging cherry and yae-zakura bloom later than somei yoshino. And boy did this extra quick stop pay off! We got to... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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