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A shrine with a symbolic vermilion torii gate

Heian Jingu Shrine

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Heian Jingu Shrine
The brilliant vermilion and green colored Heian Jinju Shrine was established to commemorate 1100th anniversary of the transfer of national capital to Heian-kyo (Kyoto) in 1895. At that time, Kyoto was on the decline because the capital of Japan transferred to Tokyo. However, the citizens of Kyoto worked passionately to make Kyoto the center of Japan developing educational systems and industries in order for the city to be lively again. This passion has passed on to people who work in the shrine ...moreat present days. The Jidai Matsuri Festival is held on the 22nd of October every year. Since the festival tells visitors what kinds of traditional costumes people in those eras wear, the organizer works so hard to recreate the costumes.

From Heian-jingu Shrine, Nanzen-ji Temple, Eikan-do Temple, and Ginkaku-ji Temple can easily be accessed by foot. Let’s start touring these sightseeing spots!
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It was the first time for me to enter the garden of the shrine. Since it was a snowy day, the scenery of the garden looked better than usual due to snow. It was really rare! So I took a lot of photos personally. The procession of the Jidai Matsuri walks through the Imperial Palace to Heian jinju Shrine for about 2 hours. If you have an opportunity, please plan to see the festival while you are in Kyoto at that time!
Must See !
Daikoku-den (the main hall)
Look at the entrance from majestic wide-angle. It is so amazing! The shrine is very popular for the god of good relationship. Many visitors who would like to have a good relationship with someone or something visit and pray at the Daikoku-den (main hall).
Higashi shinen
Must See !
Higashi Shinen (East garden)
It is well known as a traditional Japanese garden in Meiji-period (1869-1912). There are 4 gardens that surround the main hall. The godly atmosphere would take you to the Heian period. It is recommend that you walk through Taihei-kaku bridge that was removed from the Imperial Palace while looking at the garden.
Must Do !
There are stepping stones at Naka-shinen pond. They are laid out to express the shape of a dragon. The gardener designed the pond to make people feel as if they got on the dragon into the sky that is reflected in the pond. Try taking some photos of you reflecting in the pond!
Join the Jidai Matsuri
Must Do !
Join the Jidai Matsuri (festival)
The festival is held on the 22nd of Oct. every year. Over 2,000 people take a part in procession to entertain spectators by expressing the Heian period. You can see traditional handcrafts and historical clothing. Persons who wear armor are carefully selected. The armor is really heavy but those who are wearing it does not seem to think it is heavy. Click on the following for more information about Jidai Matsuri.
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Please do not take any photos and videos at Daikoku-den.
Heian jinju Shrine Appearance Photo
Heian Jingu Shrine
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-761-0221
Address Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8341
Directions 10-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Stn.
Hours Mar. 1 - Mar. 14: 8:30am - 5pm
Mar. 15 - Sep. 30: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: 8:30am - 5:30pm

*Kyoto Jidai Matsuri (Oct. 22): 9:30am - 11:30am
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Fee Admission fee: Free

Entrance fee for the Garden
- Adult ¥600
- Groups (over 30 person) ¥550
- Child ¥300
- Groups (over 30 person) ¥250
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English brochures are available
Information English information available
Languages spoken Japanese only
Heian Jingu Shrine +81 75-761-0221 Admission fee: Free Entrance fee for the Garden - Adult ¥600 - Groups (over 30 person) ¥550 - Child ¥300 - Groups (over 30 person) ¥250 3/3

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