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Heian Shrine, Kyoto

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Noted for its scarlet tori gates, Heian Shrine remains one of the most important Shinto sites in Kyoto. Built in 1895 to celebrate the city’s 1,100th anniversary, and relatively new in comparison to similar religious sites, the shrine was designed to resemble a smaller replica of the original Heian Palace. Step into the complex through the large, vividly colored gate, and explore its picturesque grounds. Roam the courtyards and Chinese-style buildings, or, for a small fee, enter the gardens that encircle a large pond, and stroll along stone paths lined by weeping cherry trees and maples. Add Heian Shrine to your Kyoto travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kyoto online visit planner.
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  • This Shinto shrine is only just over 100 years old.A massive torii gate marks the approach to the shrine, around which there are a couple of museums. The actual shrine grounds themselves are very... 
    This Shinto shrine is only just over 100 years old.A massive torii gate marks the approach to the shrine, around which there are a couple of museums. The actual shrine grounds themselves are very...  more »
  • I have visited many times and brought many friends. The garden behind the temple is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. The signature stepping stones across the pond is particularly intriguing... 
    I have visited many times and brought many friends. The garden behind the temple is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. The signature stepping stones across the pond is particularly intriguing...  more »
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  • Heian Shrine was built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capitals foundation of Kyoto. The shrine is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors. lt is one of the must-see in Kyoto. You will pass a gigantic Torii, pass by the museums, then you will see a very attractive building with a wonderful garden. Better you go there early and enjoy whole day since the garden quite big has artificial pools. lf you are a nature lover, you will love it.
  • Heian Jingu, a group of buildings completed in 1985 in Okazaki, which is five-eighths the size of the original Chodoin as the centerpiece of the National Industrial Exhibition. Unfortunately lost nine buildings due to putting fire, but the main hall and the inner hall of worship were in 1979 reconstructed with donations from all over the country. The site area is about 16 acre, and the Japanese Garden occupies half of it. The height of the large Torii is 22.4m. Almost of the tourist for Kyoto never miss this place without exception.

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