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平安神宮 Heian Shrine

  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple Area
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District
Ginkaku-ji Temple Area
Address
Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8341, Japan
Category
  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
Opening Hours
Entering - 6:00-18:00, Vermilion seal or stamp - 7:30-18:00, Seeing 8:30-17:30
Closed
Open Every Day
Website
http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/
Tel.
+81-75-761-0221
Date of post:2015/04/23

A new but representative shrine in Kyoto

  • Temple / Shrine

If you go to Okazaki area in Kyoto, you can easily find the great Torii Gate of Heian Jingu Shrine. It is 24.2 meters high and the highest Torii in Kyoto. It is overwhelming to look up at it from the foot of it.

From this Torii, you have to walk a while to get to the main gate of the shrine. The gate is called the Oten-mon and constructed in the style of the Heian period. This is one of the best places to take commemorative pictures in the shrine.

Entering the main gate, you will find a large open space neatly paved with small pebbles in front of the Gai Hai-den, the building constructed on the model of the Daigoku - den. The shrine was constructed in 1895 in commemoration of the transfer of the capital to Kyoto in 794. Every building was constructed in the style of the Heian period because of this. The main building for worship were lost in a fire in 1976 but reconstructed soon after that.

On the left corner of the Gai Hai-den, there is an entrance to the gardens. The first garden has many dropping cherry trees as well as ordinary cherry trees. Other three gardens have a pond with a different atmosphere and show many aspects in every season. Especially, the last garden has a bridge with a roof. The scenery is characteristic in this shrine.

On the 22nd of October, the shrine performs Jidai Matsuri, Festival of the Ages. It is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto. About 2,000 people are clad in Kimono of every age and parade from the old Imperial Palace to the shrine. If you are lucky enough to be able to come to Kyoto on that day, you can enjoy the splendid festival parade.

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