Heianjingu Shrine
Red lacquer shrine illuminates the sky of Kyoto
A "new" shrine in the museum area of Kyoto
January 19, 2016

Impressive torii gate!

Considering the long history of Kyoto, Heian Jingu Shrine is a relative newcomer, having been built in 1895. It announces itself with a huge vermillion torii gate, which you should definitely get a picture of! Once past the gate, there are museums on either side, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art on the right, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, on the left. I often combine visits to the shrine with a visit to one of the museums as well. The grounds of the shrine are spacious, with a large court at center. The shrine is brilliantly colored, and behind the main building is a garden with a pond, where you can feed the fish and turtles. In spring, the weeping cherry trees make it one of the best spots in Kyoto for cherry blossom viewing.

written by
Mercedes Dobler
I’m from Toronto, Canada and have lived in Japan for 17 years, first in Kobe and now in Ashiya. I am passionate about food, wine, sake, art, books, movies and travel. I enjoy studying Japanese and French, and in my free time, I practice and teach Shotokan karate.

The shrine of Heianjingu is reconstructed by the model of Chodo-in, which was in the Heian capital, with a 5/8 scale-down. The shrine garden, which is located further within the shrine, is a Japanese garden and national-designated site of scenic beauty with area of approximately 30,000 m2. It's highly recommended to visit the weeping cherry blossom in the spring. "Festival of the Ages" which looks like an elegant scroll painting, is carried out on October 22 annually.

Heianjingu Shrine


●Okazaki Nishitenno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 606-8341
●Hours/Precincts visiting time: 6:00~18:00 (Amulet and red seal: 7:30~). Shrine garden admission hours: 8:30 to 17:30 (Vary by seasons)
●Admission/Free for precincts (Shrine garden: 600 yen for adults, 300 yen for children)
◆Access/10-minute walk after getting off at Higashiyama Station of subway. City bus from JR Kyoto Station and 5-minute walk after getting off at Okazaki Park Museum Heian Jingu-mae bus stop

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