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平安神宮 Heian Shrine

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  • Ginkaku-ji Temple Area
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Ginkaku-ji Temple Area
Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8341, Japan
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Entering - 6:00-18:00, Vermilion seal or stamp - 7:30-18:00, Seeing 8:30-17:30
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Date of post:2015/04/23

A new but representative shrine in Kyoto

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If you go to Okazaki area in Kyoto, you can easily find the great “torii” (a traditional Japanese shrine gate) of Heian shrine (Heian-jingu in Japanese). 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 Otenmon and constructed in the style of the Heian period (794 - 1185). 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 Geihaiden, the building constructed on the model of the Daigokuden. The shrine was constructed in 1895 in commemoration of a 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 was lost in a fire in 1976 but reconstructed soon after that.

On the left corner of the Geihaiden, there is an entrance to the gardens. The first garden has many weeping 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 festival (Jidai matsuri in Japanese), which is also known as festival of the ages in English. 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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