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Heian Jingu is a shrine that was built in 1895 commemorating the 1,100th year of the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo, ancient Kyoto. Shaden, the main building of the shrine, painted in vermilion and green, is roughly a 5/8 replica of Chodo-in which was the official reception hall in the ancient capital. Its stark visual contrast with the white sands in the precinct yard reflect an elegant and refined atmosphere of the imperial city of Heian-kyo. It also has a 24-meter-tall O-tori, a gateway to the Shinto shrine, which has been registered as the nation’s Tangible Cultural Property. A vast garden covering 30,000 square meters of grounds surrounding the main building exhibits changing scenery by season and is inhabited by rare species of birds and turtles. Jidai Matsuri held on October 22 annually is one of Kyoto’s three big festivals.
- Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Exit 1, Higashiyama Station on Kyoto City Subway; or take the City Bus Route 5 or 100 for 25 min from JR Kyoto Station and get off at Okazaki Park, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art or Heian Jingu Shrine
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- Free admission to the precincts, 600 yen for Shin-en Garden
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
The halls and other components that make up the main building area provide an elegant look and immediately transport you to Heian-kyo 1,200 years ago. Many of them were built in 1895 when the original construction took place. Outen-mon, Soryu-rou and Byakko-rou are all designated by the nation as important cultural properties.
Surrounding the main building area is Shin-en (literally translated to “Divine Garden”), a Japanese-style garden, consisting of four subsets: east, center, west, and south, and is specifically designed to be enjoyed most by strolling along its path. It is known to be the culmination of the most sophisticated and stylistic landscaping techniques of the time and was named a place of national scenic beauty in 1975. Weeping cherries in spring, irises in early summer, colored leaves in autumn and snowscapes in winter are all part of the “divine” scenes presented by the garden each season.
Welcoming you with its imposing structure of 24.4 meters in height and 18 meters in width on Jingudo, a street leading to the main building area, is an O-tori, a large gateway to the shrine, also registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property. It is located approximately 300 meters south of Outen-mon, the entrance to the main building area. It was built in 1928 and its status as one of the most renowned vermillion-colored tori gates in Japan earned the additional function of serving as a landmark for Okazaki Koen, a nearby park.