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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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+81 75-761-0221
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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We actually didn't intend to visit, we was walking to the beginning of our hike but couldn't miss the beauty of this place at the bottom of the street. we ended up spending the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

100 times i have been here! Just pass by when i was a student! Or go inside! Or guides some non japanese tourists, and each time i see it differently! I think i will go there over and over again!

Thank F4023NZalbertos
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was fairly quiet when we visited this Shrine. It was a total change of environment to be in after visiting The more crowded Fushimi Inari. Its a good walk through, no stairs. The Huge Torii gate right on the entrance is a great place to take a picture. If you are into museums, the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art,and... More 

Thank 284caroline
Hannover, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We actually didn't intend to visit, we was walking to the beginning of our hike but couldn't miss the beauty of this place at the bottom of the street. we ended up spending the whole day here. Falling very lucky to catch a celebration they had that day and it just made it even better for us.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here during new year, this shrine is spacious and has a big torii metres away from the entrance. There isn't as many buildings here compare to some of the other shrines so won't take long to browse. When it snows the green and red contrasts beautifully against the white snow.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We came here 15 minutes before it closed to catch a quick glimpse. Property fairly big size so we did not see much of it and it was just getting dark so we probably could. It appreciate all that it offered.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Kyoto is an old city in Japan with the most number of temples. This was another temple which we visited when we were at Kyoto. Big compund and very interesting architecture of the temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I've been here over a number of seasons and the garden at the back of the shrine is fantastic. More I think a spring garden than an autumn garden. But a must see at any time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Shows the Japanese architecture, the symbols that represent the old Japanese believes. . Explore the rituals

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I arrived late in the afternoon on a rainy grey day, none the less this is a great visit in a y type of weather, the shrine is huge and very pretty. Definitely put this one on your list for Kyoto!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

to get to the temple we need to walk quite far from the nearest bus stop. in front of the temple there is a nice park with giant torii.. when we came there's an event about children so many children running around with kimono and yukata, very cute..

Thank owidyanti

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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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