See the great "torii" gate at Heian-Jingu Shrine

by Tatsuhiro - Japan Licensed Guide
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History of Heian Jingu Shrine

 Heian-Jingu Shrine has been and still is the face of Kyoto since 794. The magnificent shrine came into being when the restoration of Chodo-in, the main edifice of the capital city, Heian Capital Kyoto, was completed in 1895, exactly 1,100 years after the city was established by the 50th emperor of Japan, Emperor Kammu. Citizens of Kyoto organized a body to deify Emperor Komei, the 121st emperor, who turned out to be the last ruler of the country and laid out the foundation of modern Japan, and to honor his character as well as his great achievements.  As a result, the shrine was rebuilt in 1940 (the 2,600th year after the legendary Emperor Jimmu descended from the heaven) and has maintained the present grandeur since then.

What you can see and enjoy

 First, see the huge vermilion Torii-gate which is the entrance to the shrine marking off the sacred area. Next, have a look at the Daigokuden Hall, which is the main worshiping hall and the building where the Shinito God is enshrined. Then, go into the "Shinden" sacred garden, where you will be met by various kinds of trees, plants, flowers, ponds, stepping stones, small bridges and stones for resting. There is also "Taiheikaku" Ceremonial Hall built above the largest pond. You have to pay an admission fee of 500 yen to

enter the gardens, but the joy is well worth the cost.

Other attractions

  There are sake bales contributed by brewers, a small tree for sticking "Omikuji" fortune paper slips and  an "Ema" wooden piece hanging board, all of which are a joy to your eyes.

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28 Jun 2015

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