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“A bit worse for wear but great gardens”
Review of Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The pavilions are in need of a fresh coat of paint but are interesting enough in and of themselves. What's best about this location are the gardens located behind the pavilions. Worth a stroll, my wife and I very much enjoyed walking through these gardens towards the end of the day when there weren't many people around.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This shrine was big and greatly decorated with vibrant colors. A huge place for good pictures and making wishes. The entrance "Torii" was as large as a little building!

Thank lolmari
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

The most beutiful Shrine
Gorgeus
The japanese garden in the back is beutiful
the temple grounds are great, there are a lot of picture opportunities here

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

A beautiful japanese garden with a huge lake, streams, flowers and pine trees curving down to the lakes. Very artistic and worthwhile visiting. We visited in June and the star attraction was the irises in full bloom and what a beautiful sight. There are a few resident herons at the pond area as well. The day we visited was a special FOC day and no fee was collected. Normal entrance fee to the gardens is only 200yen and we think it is worth it.

The bridges built over the lake are pretty too and has seats for people to rest and admire the beauty of the place.

From Kyoto station take bus no. 5 or 100. At the main entrance, head left for the gardens at the back, entry is on the left and exit is on the right of the shrine.

The shrine is striking in bright orange but we did not care so much about it. We just love the garden.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Heian Shrine is very striking, bright red buildings and gates, but they are of fairly recent construction and I found them a bit gaudy.

The really worthwhile attraction here is the gardens, for which there is an entry fee. These are extensive and beautiful. At the time I was there, azaleas, irises and hydrangeas were flowering. There are beautiful streams and lakes, including one with stepping stones across it, and another with a covered bridge. For a donation, you can get rusks to feed the carp which are huge and golden. There are also tortoises in the lake.

This place is a photographers delight, with different vistas unfolding at each turn of the path, and many little nooks and crannies in the gardens. There are also plenty of seats to sit in and just contemplate the garden, most welcome on a hot Kyoto day.

If you're not interested in seeing the garden, I'd be inclined to bypass Heian altogether.

Thank Selsy
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