Heian Jingu Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo and to worship Emperor Kanmu, the creator of the Heian-kyo Capital. The shrine was not built in the Heian period.
At the time, Kyoto was in a state of decline. The city was devastated by war at the end of the Edo period, and the Meiji Restoration, when the capital was moved to Tokyo, dealt a heavy blow to the hearts of the people. The Heian Jingu Shrine was built in the hope of restoring the city from this situation.
The shrine building is of a beautiful wooden architectural style and has all the characteristics of a traditional Japanese shrine. The massive wooden pillars and roof tiles are particularly impressive. The shrine grounds are spacious and include a beautiful garden. Here, nature and the sacred air are in harmony, offering tranquility and peace to visitors.
It is highly recommended to visit Heian Jingu Shrine during cherry blossom season.
Nearby spots of Heian Jingu
Konkai Komyoji Temple is famous for autumn leaves.