Heian Shrine

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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.

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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.

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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.