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  • Heian Shrine Kyoto

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Heian Shrine (Heian-jingu) is an outstanding Shinto Shrine in Kyoto and an important cultural property of Japan. The entrance gate (torii) of the shrine is with a height of 24,2 meters one of the largest in Japan. In some parts the Heian Shrine is a replica of the Heian Palace (destroyed by a major fire in 1177). The shrine complex is including a beautiful Japanese garden which covers an area of appr. 33000 square meters. The best time for a visit is the cherry blossom season in Kyoto (mid April).

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  • Heian Shrine:
  • Opening Hours - 6:00 am to 5:30 pm or 6:00 pm (whole year)
  • Admission Fee - free
  • Heian Shrine Japanese Garden:
  • Opening Hours - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or 5:00 pm (whole year)
  • Admission Fee - 600 yen (Adults), 300 yen (Children)

History

The Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of the establishment of Heian-kyo (former name of Kyoto) the Japanese capital. The shrine honors the first and last ruling emperors (Kammu 737-806, Komei 1831-1866) from Kyoto. Later the capital was moved to Tokyo.

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Heian Shrine is located north of central Kyoto.
Address: Nishi Ten-o-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Heian Shrine?

  • 30min from Kyoto St. by Kyoto City Bus nr. 5 or 100 to Kaikan Bijitusu-kan Mae Stop or
  • 20min from Karasuma Oike Subway Station to Higashiyama Station and
  • 10min walk to the Heian Shrine

Sightseeing spots

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Main Building - in parts a replica (in a smaller scale) of the Imperial Palace from the Heian Period (794 - 1185)

Heian-style garden - located behind the main building, it took gardener Jihei Ogawa 7th over 20 years to complete this masterpiece

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

Annual Shrine Festival (15th)
The memory of Emperor Kammu will be celebrated with some traditional ceremonies.

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

Arashiyama Mifune Matsuri (third Sunday of May)
The first part is held at the Kuramazaki Shrine. Later a procession is leading to the Oi River, where more ceremonies and traditional dances (Funa Asobi) are held. The Arashiyama Mifune Matsuri started in 1914.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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