Heian Shrine


The massive Torii Gate (pictured above) marks the approach to the Heian Shrine. Once through the gates, the grounds on which the shrine rests, opens up into a spacious, open area with replica buildings from the Heian Period dotting the grounds.


The shrine was built a little over one hundred years ago and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperor to sit on the throne in the city of Kyoto.


Behind the shrine is a pond and garden that serves during April as one of Kyoto's best spots to view the annual cherry blossom.