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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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Nice garden at sakura period

When we visited this shrine by early April this year, the cherry trees there were in full bloom. So there were lots of visitors around. The color of various shrines and gates... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

quite and calm shrine, beautiful architecture building if not so crowded try to explore a bit longer make sure not make noise while entering main area

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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We came here in the afternoon during the 1-Day Kyoto tour offered by Sunrise. It was a nice red Temple. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to check out the gardens which we heard were very nice. Didn't really stand out among the other temples we visited that day.

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were honoured to attend a very special wedding at the shrine. The shrine ceremony was simple yet profound. The staff at the shrine were dignified but friendly. The surroundings were inspiring.

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Walton On Thames
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone has their favourite garden and this ticked all the boxes . Helped to go late in the day with less tourists. From the outside it looks like yet another shrine but once you pay to go into the gardens it's well worth it . The gardens are enclosed and from one side there is just a huge wall and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went directly for the garden, which requires a fee. It is well worth it. The garden has a long lake and you go through different areas with fantastic views of mature trees, many flowering plants (cherry, azalea, hydrangea,..) and manicured Japanese maples. There is a covered bridge over the lake, and provides you with a beautiful view.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visited this shrine by early April this year, the cherry trees there were in full bloom. So there were lots of visitors around. The color of various shrines and gates like Ontenmon and Gakudea were attractive and the garden inside would be more photo-attractive with cherry trees around. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden is a pleasure to spend a few hours to walk through.It centered around a very large lake, with stones through part of it and a beautiful bridge. It has a lot of mature trees, as well as carefully shaped maples and cherry trees. It is beautiful in all seasons.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great location to visit. Very peaceful and serene. We went on a Sunday and there were markets along the pathways

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We were lucky to see Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. Garden is beautiful and worth sitting down and relaxing. Very well maintained and even a damaged tree stems were delicately patched up with gunny bags.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited this Shinto shrine on a sunny Spring morning - we were lucky to see the buildings and the gardens at an ideal time of year. There was a huge courtyard bordered by large temples and other buildings. The main part of this visit was to amble around the picturesque paths which crossed tiny brooks and... More 

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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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