Heian Jingu Shrine Kyoto Reviews
Shinto Shrine with a beautiful garden Oct 03, 2008
I've been to this shrine 3 times and only on the 3rd time have I been able to take the time to walk around the place.
About 500 meters before the shrine, stands a giant torii. Then comes the shrine itself. The orange colour and darker green roof tiles make a stark contrast, especially with the almost white pebble stones.
The entrance to the shrine itself was free, but I wanted to visit the garden that lay behind and on the sides of the shrine. An entrance ticket costed me 600 yen (around 5,50 euros or 7,50 US dollars).
But for that price, I saw a beautiful garden. I walked around the garden for well over an hour, also enjoying a nice cup of green tea and a piece of green cake at the edge of a pond.
The garden offered a great deal of plants, trees, bushes and 3 ponds. Although I was there in october, thgere were still lots of green. Not many flowers though.
At the Taihei-kaku Bridge, I fed the turtle and big koi carps. For 100 yen I bought some crumbs to feed the fish with.
I highly recommend this shrine and especially the garden for a visit. You won't be disappointed and try the green tea!
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The Imperial Heian Shrine Mar 24, 2005
The Heian Jingu Shrine is a relative newcomer among the historic temples and shrines of Kyoto. It was dedicated in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. (In 793, Emperor Kammu built a new palace on the present site of Kyoto and declared it his capital.) The main hall of the Shinto shrine was built to resemble the main structure of the old capital.
The structures are bright red with gold borders. The architecture is very "Japanese", as it seeks to replicate the ancient designs. The main gate, Oten-mon (Divine Gate), leads to a large courtyard. In front is the Outer Sanctuary (Daigoku-den). It is flanked by two pavilions with lookout towers, Byakko-ro (white tiger tower) on the left and Soryu-ro (Blue dragon tower) on the right. An immense Tori spans Jingu-michi leading to the shrine.(The concrete Tori was built in 1929 as streets were widened.)
The Heian Shrine is surrounded by attractive gardens and ponds on three sides.
There is no charge for admission to the picturesque shrine, but admission to the gardens is 600 Yen.
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