The Heian-Jingu Shrine was constructed in 1895, to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the moving of the capital to the city of Heian. Perhaps contrary to expectations, it is a relatively new building. the main hall of the Heian Palace (the House of Eight Ministries) was recreated on an 8:5 scale as a pavilion in an exposition that occurred that year. the size of the original building must have been quite impressive, considering that the current one is enough to wholly take in the eye. passing through the front gate (Otenmon), visitors find themselves in an very interesting open courtyard of carefully raked pebbles, surrounded by square buildings. When the light of the sun is reflected from the pebbles of this courtyard, it gives the illusion to the observer that the are just like the surface of the ocean. The massive 33,000m2 sacred garden located at the back of the building, moreover, fully displays the beauties of the four seasons, and is a masterpiece of Japanese gardening. With a pond, and a flow stream, the garden gives the feeling of a forest, with its many small animal denizens.
The gentle vermilion color is characteristic of Otenmon-gate. It is located at the front of Heian Jingu Shrine.
(L) Hanging lanterns dangle from the eaves of the building. The elegant beauty of Heian is recreated at every turn.(C) Fortunes that have been tied to the branches of trees. Hopefully their dreams will come true!(R) The white tiger fountain located on the left (East) of Otenmon-gate.
Walking through the sacred garden. It feels more like walking through a forest than a garden. Known as a beautiful place for cherry blossoms in Spring, this garden has a lot of visitors.
The large torii gate standing on the approach to the shrine. At 24.2m, it is one of the largest gates in Japan, and is recorded as a tangible cultural treasure of the nation.
Nishi-Tennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 606-8341, Japan
|Open||6:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.(3/15 - 9/30)6:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.(3/1 - 3/14, 10/1 - 10/31)6:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.(11/1 - 2/28 or 2/29)*Garden Viewing - open 8:30a.m.|
|Access||15 minute walk from Keihan Sanjo StationCity Bus Stop Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsu-kan-Mae|