With a relatively short history that runs back to 1895, Heian Shrine was built in line with the commemoration of the 1100th anniversary of the Heiankyo court. While you’re enjoying a holiday with your loved ones at one of the serviced apartments Kyoto has to offer such as Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto, make it a point to visit this charming attraction.
If you take the subway through Karusuma Oike Station and get down at Higashiyama Station, you’ll be able to reach the shrine after a ten-minute walk.
A massive torii gate signifies the entrance to Heian Shrine; this is a traditional Japanese gate, which symbolises that you are entering sacred grounds.
Right at the back of the shrine, you’ll witness a breathtaking scenery of an exquisite garden that looks simply ethereal during Autumn season – the most stunning aspect of the garden has to be its weeping cherry trees.
Heian Shrine’s court is usually employed for special events such as the Jidai Festival that is celebrated on the 22nd of October each year.