Shrines & Temples

Heian-jingu Shrine

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Heian-jingu Shrine is a relatively recent addition to Kyoto's collection of sacred places, but is still a very impressive shrine which features elegant, richly-colored buildings surrounded by large gardens in the four cardinal directions.

Built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Heian Kyo (Kyoto), and dedicated to the Emperors Kammu and Komei, the first and last Emperors to rule Kyoto, the buildings are a partial replica of the Imperial Palace of the Heian Period (794-1185). The vermillion-lacquered Otenmon Gate and Daigoku-den (main hall) are especially beautiful. The gardens are representative of Meiji Period garden design, and have a rich variety of flowers that change with the four seasons.



* Address: 97 Nishi Ten-no-cho, Okazaki Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, 606-8341

* Tel.: +81-(0)75-761-0221

* Fax: +81-(0)75-761-0225

* Access: From JR Kyoto Station take City Bus 5 to "Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsu-kan Mae" Stop
10-minute walk from Higashi-yama Station on the Tozai Subway Line
15-minute walk from Sanjo Station on the Keihan Railway

* Parking Lot Access: Okazaki-koen Municipal Underground Parking Lot
(capacity: 506 cars 500 yen/hour, 28 buses 2,500 yen/hour)

* Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

* Hours: 6:00 - 18:00 (Mar 15 to Sep. 30)
6:00 - 17:30 (Oct.)
6:00 - 17:30 (Feb. 15 to Mar. 14)
* 6:00 - 12:00 on Oct. 22


* Time needed for viewing: Approximately 30 minutes

* Closed: Open year round (except for 10/22 afternoon)

* Entrance fees: Buildings - free
Gardens - Adults: 600 yen / Children (Under Junior High School Students): 300 yen

* HP: http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/index_e.html