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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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Cherry blossom beauty and sakura festival parties galore

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... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

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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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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The actual shrine is free to visit, but a visit to the shrine gardens will cost you 600¥ each. The walk round the gardens is pleasant when the cherry blossom is out and there are lots of photo opportunities. However, the blossom is now falling and it will not be such a beautiful walk once the cherry blossom season has... More 

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Impressive Shinto shrine with a garden walk that's just delightful. Too bad the cherry blossoms weren't out. It has to be magnificent when they are.

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Heian Shrine was the first stop after lunch break in our guided Kyoto tour. Err.. not so exciting. We purified ourselves by washing our hands at the front of the shrine main gate. We then entered a big courtyard and took photos of some sakura blooms. Took a photo of main shrine building. Went in and did our own prayer... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is worth visiting for the gardens alone, which are beautiful. The shrine is free to visit but around 500 yen for the gardens.

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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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