Heian Shrine
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best
    For me this was the best shrine we visited in Kyoto. Large open courtyard surrounded by lovely and bright buildings and the garden was amazing too. Lovely large lake with stepping stones you can walk over and everything you expect from a Japanese garden. A much better experience than some of the other 'must do' shrines and temples.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spring beauty, enchanting gardens
    Heian Shrine is a Kyoto gem, especially in spring! The gardens burst into a kaleidoscope of colors with blooming cherry blossoms and lush flora. The picturesque scenery creates a mesmerizing experience, ideal for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Strolling through the gardens during this season is an enchanting way to appreciate the beauty of Kyoto's nature and cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to witness the breathtaking beauty of Heian Shrine's gardens in full bloom!
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont7,514 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Photogenic Okazaki Canal at Heian Jingu
    We came to the Shrine to view and photo the sakura corridor lining the Okazaki Canal. The Otorii for the Heian Shrine stands at a cross roads near the bridge over the canal. The bridge is a favorite spot for bridal photo shoots and in the short time we were there, we were treated to several of these. Rather than entering the shrine, we walked along the canal photographing the sakura boughs which draped into the water. The north shore was especially lovely. Every once in a while a tour boat would ply the waters. Continuing along the canal for some time, shooting as we went, we finally arrived at Nanzen-ji. A pleasant way to spend a few hours.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Shrine, Loved the Garden
    Visiting Heian Shrine is free but if you want to walk the gardens there is a fee and it is well worth it. The gardens were stunning. I wasn't here at the best time and the gardens were still beautiful. The shrine itself is massive, the red color was unique and beautiful, especially with a blue sky.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see, especially the gardens
    This is a very large complex with very ornate temple buildings, but the gardens are what you should spend time in. They are large and manicured and have some lovely features like the covered bridge and the stepping stones. One of the nicest temple gardens we went to in our whole trip.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
  • jabitz
    Melbourne, Australia224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil shrine and gardens, less busy then others!
    This shrine is very striking to see with it's colours so strong and bold. When you entered in through the gates you enter a big courtyard with buildings all in front of you. It was very peaceful and the gardens were lovely (there is a charge to enter the gardens) with a large lake. I would love to see this garden in Spring with the Cherry blossoms and in Autumn with the colours changing as it would be absolutely gorgeous. We visited in May so we got the fresh young green leaves which were great.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2024
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Magnificent Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The entrance to the temple is elegant with a majestic 24 m high Torii gate. We spent many hours wandering around the Shrine garden and enjoyed the peaceful and serene environment a lot. There were many picturesque locations in the large temple complex and we were able to capture some gorgeous photographs. Heian Jingu Shrine is a beautiful and tranquil place that you can sit beside and enjoy nature without feeling the time is passing.
Written July 29, 2020
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We came to the Shrine to view and photo the sakura corridor lining the Okazaki Canal. The Otorii for the Heian Shrine stands at a cross roads near the bridge over the canal. The bridge is a favorite spot for bridal photo shoots and in the short time we were there, we were treated to several of these.

Rather than entering the shrine, we walked along the canal photographing the sakura boughs which draped into the water. The north shore was especially lovely. Every once in a while a tour boat would ply the waters.

Continuing along the canal for some time, shooting as we went, we finally arrived at Nanzen-ji.

A pleasant way to spend a few hours.
Written January 2, 2024
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Heian Shrine is a Kyoto gem, especially in spring! The gardens burst into a kaleidoscope of colors with blooming cherry blossoms and lush flora. The picturesque scenery creates a mesmerizing experience, ideal for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Strolling through the gardens during this season is an enchanting way to appreciate the beauty of Kyoto's nature and cultural heritage. Don't miss the chance to witness the breathtaking beauty of Heian Shrine's gardens in full bloom!
Written July 23, 2023
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Tom H
Santa Cruz, CA369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
In the heart of East Kyoto is the huge torii gate that leads to the Heian Shrine hemmed in by beautiful canals. The shrine is interesting but the reason to go is to walk through the beautiful garden whose entrance is in the far left corner of the interior of the shrine. The gardens combine ponds, rivers, trees, and flowers for a lovely experience which ends with a covered bridge over the largest pond which has benches to sit on while enjoying people watching and the beauty.
Written May 9, 2023
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Dioc
Athens, GA179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. It is replica of the first Imperial Palace. A peaceful place to stroll and people watch. While we were there they were having a wedding which was a wonderful experience seeing the traditional Japanese attire. We did not go into the garden since it was an extra cost and it was late in the day.
Written June 22, 2020
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Jack F
San Francisco, CA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I have visited many times and brought many friends. The garden behind the temple is one of my favorite places in Kyoto. The signature stepping stones across the pond is particularly intriguing. Spring of course is the time to go with the hundreds of trees and planting in bloom. You will often catch egrets in the pond and sometimes atop the covered bridge.
Written November 12, 2020
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perioddramafan
Vienna, VA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Elegant, beautiful, and utterly photogenic . The architecture borrows from the Chinese.Go early to avoid the crowds. And don’t miss the the exquisite gardens behind the shrine which you’ll want to spend an hour wandering around . Pines, azaleas, ponds, bridges, bamboo fountains, and flowers combine for an Eden experience.
Written February 26, 2020
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
For me this was the best shrine we visited in Kyoto.
Large open courtyard surrounded by lovely and bright buildings and the garden was amazing too. Lovely large lake with stepping stones you can walk over and everything you expect from a Japanese garden.
A much better experience than some of the other 'must do' shrines and temples.
Written July 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a very large complex with very ornate temple buildings, but the gardens are what you should spend time in. They are large and manicured and have some lovely features like the covered bridge and the stepping stones. One of the nicest temple gardens we went to in our whole trip.
Written April 30, 2024
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ust ust
Jakarta12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
We visited on summer 2013 and we only have short time, so we only walked around the garden. The garden was beautiful.
Written August 24, 2014
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