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Heian Shrine

97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-761-0221
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This shrine was built in 1895 in celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto. Admission is free but there is a small fee for entrance to the gardens, which are home to several beautiful weeping cherry trees which are in bloom during the spring months.
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97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Nice place for a leisurely stroll and also close to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which is also very interesting. This shrine was built in 1895 to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour group visited this shrine late in the day. Perhaps that was the reason that it wasn't as crowded as the other shrines we had visited. As shrines go it was pretty typical, however the garden was beautiful. We walked through it, enjoying the...More

Thank Ed C
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Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

The gardens were the focus of our visit, and we were not dissapointed. There is a beautiful pond and gardens, many types of flowers and trees, even the beginning of the bamboo forest. We liked the pond with stone frogs and sitting on the steps...More

Thank Cathryn C
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

This was a nice location for another shrine, but the best part were the beautiful gardens. We were there when the irises and water lilies were blooming and it was quite a site. There were not too many visitors when we went (sorry I don't...More

Thank Wxgirl2013
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Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

A beautiful and historically significant shrine, but understandably super crowded with tourists, given its convenience. The grounds are huge enough it never really feels crowded, but if you’re hoping for a peaceful visit, come early in the morning, or otherwise forget it.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

We visited the Heian Shrine and Gardens on a recent cruise visit to Kyoto. The shrine is beautiful and peaceful, our guide showed us the water fountain where devotees pour water over their hands before prayer. The gardens would be gorgeous later in the year...More

Thank Linda A
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Reviewed June 14, 2018

There are so may temples and shrines in Kyoto to see and this one is a must see. The sad thing is there are so many tourists here that the place looses its feeling of serenity and reverence. You are not allowed to take any...More

Thank andream0402
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

The Heian Shrine was built in 1895 but is a replica of the 9th century original as are the other buildings. The best part here is the gardens, so lovely with their water, trees, rocks, bridges, and the immaculate care given to everything. It is...More

Thank igolfCA
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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

The shrines here are very nice, but the gardens are simply beautiful. So tranquil and filled with magnificent displays of nature everywhere: bamboo forest, ponds, waterfalls, shallow flowing water trickling over welk-placed rocks, irises (during summer season), water lillies, carp, koi, turtles, and much more....More

Thank raymondmC6721ME
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

So many Shrines to see if Kyoto. This has a beautiful garden and temple to see. So many temples to see if Kyoto and this is a great property.

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TravelAddictToo
June 12, 2018|
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Response from Tanja S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I looked it up. Capacity: 506 cars; 500 yen/hour. About USD 4.52 per hour. Exchange rate of 16.06.2018. Expensive.
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