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[Facility] Heian-jingu Shrine

[Hours] Shrine garden 8:30-17:30 (1-14 Mar, Sept-Oct: 17:00, Nov-Feb 16:30)
[Hols] Open all year round

  • Guide Dogs
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Equipped with Slopes
  • Unevenness (five or more centimeters)
  • Stairs
Heian-jingu Shrine

Heian-jingu Shrine

This was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo (Kyoto). It deifies the first and last emperors to rule from Kyoto: Kammu and Komei. The extremely beautiful architecture, like the vermillion-painted Otenmon gate and Daigokuden hall, is a 5/8 scale replica of the ancient Heian-kyo council hall and offices. The shrine gardens, extending some 30,000 square meters, were created by the famous landscape gardener Jihei Ogawa VII. The gardens comprise east, west and central ones, all with ponds at their hearts. The south garden is noted for its cherry trees. On October 22nd each year, the Jidai Matsuri (one of the three big festivals in Kyoto) finishes at this shrine.
Assistance is on hand to help if necessary when visitors enter the front shrine. (Month checked: 2018.Dec, )

Location 97 Okazaki Nishitenno-cho Sakyo-ku,Kyoto, 606-8341
Tel 075-761-0221
Fax 075-761-0225
Access City Bus Okazakikoen-park Museum・Heianjingu-shrine-mae Alight and short walk, Higashiyama Subway Sta.: Alight and 10-min walk, Keihan Sanjo Sta.: Alight and walk 15min, Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi Sta.: Alight and walk 15min
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Entry to grounds is free, Shrine garden: Adults: ¥300・Jnr High Sch students or younger: ¥150, One assistant: Same discounts * Must show disability card
[Charge] Entry to grounds free, Shrine garden: Adults: ¥600・Jnr High Sch students or younger: ¥300
[Parking] None (City-run parking nearby)
[Wheelchair marked parking] None
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] Available
[Services] 2 wheelchairs available/Assistance provided by staff/Guide dog OK/Multi-lingual pamphlet (English, Chinese, Korean)/Multi-lingual guide boards (English, Chinese, Korean)
[Areas where shoes are forbidden] None

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Otenmon gate entrance at Heian-jingu Shrine

Otenmon gate entrance at Heian-jingu ShrineOn the north side of Jingumichi stands the Otenmon gate, its bright vermillion posts and deep green roof tiles hinting at the elegance within the Heian Palace. The approach to the gate is graveled, but only thinly, so wheelchair users should be able to move easily enough. There are steps at the gate, so move to the left as you face the gate to take the slope into the palace grounds.

Slope for Ryubidan steps at Heian-jingu Shrine

Slope for Ryubidan steps at Heian-jingu ShrineOnce round the gate, the wide grounds of the palace open out before you. The surface is covered in gravel, but only thinly, so movement should be okay. To the back of the Ryubidan steps is the magnificent vermillion and green council hall of the palace. To continue sightseeing here or tour the Shinen gardens, take the slope on the left side of the Ryubidan steps.

Exit from Shinen gardens at Heian-jingu Shrine

Exit from Shinen gardens at Heian-jingu ShrineOnce at the top of the slope, the admission booth for the Shinen Gardens lies ahead, but as there are steps, wheelchair users are better off getting assistance. Indeed, as there are quite a few steps from this entrance, it is better to go back down the slope, proceed along the Ryubidan, and get special permission to enter the gardens via the exit. There is a step here too, but if you can get over this, the rest is easy.

Space between middle and east Shinen gardens Heian-jingu Shrine

Space between middle and east Shinen gardens Heian-jingu ShrineGo straight following the pond to make a tour of the Naka (middle) Shinen Garden. The pond at the heart of the garden is Soryuike, with stepping stones known as garyukyo. In summer, this pond comes to life with colorful plants, such as rabbit-ear irises and water lilies. The path has no real obstacles, but be careful about tree roots and stones exposed in the path.

Superb view at Heian-jingu Shrine

Superb view at Heian-jingu ShrineThe west and south gardens should be avoided as they have many uneven areas. Instead, head into the east garden, where the Kachozan crest (one of the 36 crests of Higashiyama) provides a beautiful backdrop to a exquisitely refined garden. In the center is the Seihoike pond, reflecting the cherry trees in its water while also being home to the elegant bridge tower Taihei-kaku and the guest house Shobikan.

Taihei-kaku bridge at Heian-jingu Shrine

Taihei-kaku bridge at Heian-jingu ShrineBoth the bridge and guest house were moved here from Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace) early in the 20th century. The bridge is a roofed one with seating part way across so that visitors can enjoy the scenery from the middle of this bridge. To cross, assistance will be needed to get up the couple of steps at the entrance to the bridge. However, to head to the garden exit, do not cross the bridge, but go back from where you came, and cross the stone bridge.

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