Heian Jingu


Museums & Sights

Recommended Major venue


To mark its 1,100th birthday, Kyoto built itself an enormous shrine, complete with a 24m-high vermillion gate and 33,000sq m of garden. The buildings and gardens were designed to evoke the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto’s aesthetic began to flourish. The main building is a scaled-down replica of the first Imperial Palace, and the gardens employ the lake-island-bridge style imported from China by Heian landscape designers. The stone pillars of the central garden once supported the original Sanjo and Gojo bridges. The shrine looks best during the New Year celebrations, when the grounds are full of kimono-clad ladies; in April when the cherry blossom works its magic; and on the 1st and 2nd June, when it hosts an outdoor Noh performance.

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Review updated October 2009


97 Nishitenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Higashiyama station (Tozai line).

Telephone 075 761 0221

Open 15 mar-31aug 6am-6pm daily. 11 sept-28 feb 6am-5pm daily. 1-14 mar, 1-10 sept 6am-5.30pm daily.

Admission Admission Courtyard free. Garden ¥600.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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