Heian Shrine(平安神宮), Kyoto

Heian Jingu is one of the most impressive shrines of Kyoto prefecture. It is an exception to all other shrines and temples of Tokyo which all have a long history to tell. Hein Jingu was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100 anniversary of Kyoto’s capitalization. It takes around 30 minutes from Kyoto station by bus. The very vast shrine complex has huge buildings and gates everything painted in an eye catching Vermillion colour.

The huge Torii gate welcomes us to the vast shrine grounds. The tall buildings of the shrine have a lot of pillars and lamps around a small verandah on all its sides. This shrine enshrines the spirits of two emperors- Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei.

There is a paid area behind the shrine buildings where we can find a number of weeping cherries. This is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots on Kyoto. There is a pond in the middle of this garden which has some round stepping stones across it. You can walk across it (at your own risk),  which is a really wonderful experience while visiting this place. This garden has many varieties of plants. We can find a carriage of ancient streetcar displayed in this area. There are many museums located near the shrine complex.