To mark its 1,100th birthday, Kyoto built itself an enormous shrine, complete with a 24m-high vermillion gate and 33,000 square metres of garden. The buildings and gardens were designed to evoke the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto’s aesthetic began to flourish. The main building is a scaled-down replica of the first Imperial Palace, and the gardens employ the lake-island-bridge style imported from China by Heian landscape designers. The stone pillars of the central garden once supported the original Sanjo and Gojo bridges. The shrine looks best during the New Year celebrations, when the grounds are full of kimono-clad ladies; in April when the cherry blossom works its magic; and on the 1st and 2nd June, when it hosts an outdoor Noh performance.
|Venue name:||Heian Jingu|
97 Nishitennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku
|Opening hours:||Mar 15-Sep 30 6am-6pm daily. Nov 1-Feb 14 6am-5pm daily. Feb 15-Mar 14, Oct 6am-5.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Higashiyama Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai line)|
|Price:||Courtyard free, garden ¥600|