Heian Jingu Shrine

Beautiful vermillion architecture filled with the passion of the Kyoto people

Closest station

Tokaido Shinkansen, JR Kyoto Station

Access

Around 30 minutes from JR Kyoto Station

Line 5 on the Kyoto City Bus or Lines 100 and 110 on the Raku Bus from JR Kyoto Station

Get off the bus at the “Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu Mae” stop and walk north for 5 minutes

Location

97 Okazaki Nishitenno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Opening hours

Grounds visit hours

Feb. 15-end of month: 6:00-17:30

Mar. 1-14 / Oct. 1-31: 6:00-17:30 *Until 12:00 for the Jidai Matsuri on Oct. 22 (or Oct. 23 if postponed)

Mar. 15-Sep. 30: 6:00-18:00

Nov. 1-Feb. 14: 6:00-17:00 *Changes during the New Year holiday period (Dec. 31-Jan. 6)

*Sometimes there are changes according to the season.

*From 7:30 for omamori amulets and shuin seals

 

Shin-en Garden reception times

Feb. 15-end of month: 8:30-17:00

Mar. 1-14 / Oct. 1-31: 8:30-17:00 *9:30-11:30 for the Jidai Matsuri on Oct. 22 (or Oct. 23 if postponed)

Mar. 15-Sep. 30: 8:30-17:30

Nov. 1-Feb. 14: 8:30-16:30 *Changes during the New Year holiday period (Dec. 31-Jan. 6)

*Sometimes there are changes according to the season.

*During all the time periods, reception closes 30 minutes prior to the garden closing time.

Price

Shin-en Garden

Adults (over 16) 600 yen (groups with 30-49 people 550 yen, groups with over 50 people 500 yen)

Children (aged 6 to under 15) 300 yen (children’s groups with over 30 people 250 yen)

Great Stuff to See and Do!

Experience Kyoto as it was 1,200 years ago

Heian Jingu ShrineHeian-jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyo-ku in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture established in 1895 to commemorate 1,100 years since the relocation of the capital to Kyoto (known as Heian-kyo) and to enshrine Emperor Kanmu. In later years, Emperor Komei, the final emperor when Kyoto was still the capital, was also enshrined. The beautiful vermillion main shrine building, which is built in the style of the state chamber of Heian-kyo (Chodo-in), allows visitors to experience the elegant atmosphere of Heian-kyo. In Shin-en Garden, the circuit-style garden that surrounds the main shrine and extends to about 30,000 square meters, you can enjoy seasonal flowers like the weeping pink cherry trees and Japanese irises centered on three ponds: Byakko-ike in the West Garden, Soryu-ike in the Middle Garden, and Seiho-ike in the East Garden. In addition, the large torii gate is widely known as a landmark of the Okazaki area of Kyoto and attracts many visitors.

photo:(c)Heian Jingu Shrine

The Jidai Matsuri traditional festival is a must-see

Heian Jingu ShrineJidai Matsuri is a grand festival of Heian Jingu Shrine held on October 22 that is one of Kyoto’s three largest festivals.

The festival features a procession that stretches for about two kilometers and marches for about three hours. With the ancient elegance of the timbre of Japanese flutes and drums, it begins with the Meiji Restoration procession group and then moves to the Edo period, Warring States period, Kamakura period, and Heian period for a total of eight time periods over 20 procession groups with about 2,000 participants, including the cattle and horses. The splendid procession is truly a “living period picture scroll,” with exact reproductions of clothing, equipment for rituals, and furnishings from each time period made using traditional Kyoto techniques based on careful research.

photo:(c)Heian Jingu Shrine

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