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Heian Shrine

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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...more
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97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heian shrine is very peaceful, and when I went it wasn't too crowded with tourists. I didn't spend too much time here, but I do recommend it!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank globetrotting-elissa
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The Shrine is ranked as a Beppyō Jinja by the Association of Shinto Shrines. It is listed as an important cultural property of Japan, Heian-jingu Shrine is a relatively recent addition to Kyoto's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank scalise12
Reviewed 22 October 2018

The vermillion-lacquered Otenmon Gate and Daigoku-den (main hall) are especially beautiful. The gardens are representative of Meiji Period garden design, and have a rich variety of flowers that change with the four seasons.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dian k
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Heian Shrine, is large shrine, surrounded by beautiful gardens. The shrine itself seemingly popped out of no where after walking through a quiet residential neighbourhood. There is no admission fee for the shrine, so it is a great place for a casual stroll. During our...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _AliCar3_
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Kanmu ascended to the throne in 781 as the 50th Emperor of Japan and decided to move the seat of government to this area. The new palace of the Heian Capital was completed for the new year celebration of 796, marking the beginning of Kyoto....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 1 August 2018

A good spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Nice place for a leisurely stroll and also close to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which is also very interesting. This shrine was built in 1895 to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank STAN49_12
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Our tour group visited this shrine late in the day. Perhaps that was the reason that it wasn't as crowded as the other shrines we had visited. As shrines go it was pretty typical, however the garden was beautiful. We walked through it, enjoying the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ed C
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

The gardens were the focus of our visit, and we were not dissapointed. There is a beautiful pond and gardens, many types of flowers and trees, even the beginning of the bamboo forest. We liked the pond with stone frogs and sitting on the steps...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Cathryn C
Reviewed 26 June 2018

This was a nice location for another shrine, but the best part were the beautiful gardens. We were there when the irises and water lilies were blooming and it was quite a site. There were not too many visitors when we went (sorry I don't...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Wxgirl2013
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

A beautiful and historically significant shrine, but understandably super crowded with tourists, given its convenience. The grounds are huge enough it never really feels crowded, but if you’re hoping for a peaceful visit, come early in the morning, or otherwise forget it.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Tanja S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I looked it up. Capacity: 506 cars; 500 yen/hour. About USD 4.52 per hour. Exchange rate of 16.06.2018. Expensive.