A famous Shinto shrine featuring an excellent garden.
Heian-jingu was built in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto in 1895, on the 1,100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital from Nara to Kyoto. The deity enshrined there is Emperor Kanmu, who had been responsible for transferring the capital. Kyoto prospered as the capital for more than 1,000 years until the modern government moved it to Tokyo upon the termination of rule by the samurai class. The transfer of the capital in 1868 caused a decline in the prosperity of Kyoto, but, the people of Kyoto united to revitalize the city and built Heian-jingu. Emperor Komei, the last emperor of the period during which the capital was situated in Kyoto, was enshrined jointly here with Emperor Kanmu in 1940.
Heian-jingu Shrine is also famous for its garden, with a large red front gate as its symbol. The 30,000 square meter round-the-pond garden is divided into four different gardens of east, central, west, and south, which are inhabited by large varieties of birds, from kingfishers to large falcons. But by far the most impressive sight to see in the garden is the spring cherry blossoms. Buildings such as the red-painted Byakko-ro (White Tiger Tower) of the Heian-jingu Shrine or the Minami Shin-en (south garden) match beautifully with the pink color from the weeping cherry blossoms.
Address: 97 Okazaki Nishi-Tennou-cho,, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 600 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/19-min. ride/Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan Stop/2-min. walk