Heian-jingu Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100 year anniversary of the relocation of Japan's capital from Nagaoka-kyo to Heian-kyo.
The Taikyoku-den hall stands in the center of the shrine is a replica, reduced to 2/3 scale, of the former Imperial Palace of the Heian-kyo.
The Oten-mon gate is also a replica of the main gate of Heian-kyo in 5/8 scale.
The shrine's spacious garden (10,000 square meters) behind the Taikyoku-den hall, with its large pond and Chinese-inspired bridge, is meant to represent the kind that was popular in the Heian Period (794 - 1185).
Entry to the shrine precincts is free but admission to the garden must be paid.
About 300 meters south of the shrine there is a massive Torii gate (24 meters tall).
Although it is far away from the shrine's Oten-mon gate, this is actually considered the main entrance to the shrine itself.
Heian-jingu Shrine is also the venue for two major events in Kyoto, Jidai-matsuri Festival held on October 22 and Takigi Noh held on June 1 and 2.
- 8:30 - 17:30
- 8:30 - 16:30 (November - February)
- 8:30 - 17:00 (September, October, March 1 - 14)
- No closing days
Access / Public Transport
- 10 minutes walk from Higashiyama Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T10)
- 25 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #5 or #100 bus. Get off at Kyotokaikan Bijutsukan-mae Bus stop.