Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Heian Jingu Shrine - Kyoto, Japan

The Heian Jingu Shrine is located in the eastern side of Kyoto. It is a Shinto Shrine and is ranked as Beppyou Jinja which is the top rank for Shinto Shrines. It was in 1895 that the repudiation of the Heian Palace in Heian-kyo (Kyoto's name before) was planned for the 1100th anniversary of when Heian-kyo was established. There was a failure to buy enough land where the Heian Palace use to stand, so a 5/8th scale was built on the planes of Ito Chuta. It was later dedicated to Emperor Kanmu, who was the Emperor when Heian-kyo became the capital of Japan. Unfortunately the shrine was burned down in 1976 and rebuilt three years later from donations. 
I visited it early in the day and arrived with a few middle school students that asked if I could take their picture. They were following me a little and laughing and playing while we visited haha. The garden wasn't opened when I went but I came back a week later to see it. Look forward to that in another post. 

Here is the main gate called a Otenmon. It is pretty large and orange!

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There are  the students with their cute back packs ^^.

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I got a map with some info in it. I know maps even if it is in another language. 

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The main gate again...


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There is a big expanse when you walk through the main gate. You will also notice that this was in the move Lost in Translation when she visits places in Japan.

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The spring to cleans on extremities.

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This is the castle corner called Soryuro.

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Another castle corner...

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Fortunes that were tied around these trees/bushes to leave behind so they wont come true...

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You got to check out all the little things all over shrines, they are awesome to see!

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Down the street, there is this large Tori gate that leads to the Main gate of the Shrine. It is out in front of the museums like the art museum and such.

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some info from Wikipedia.

Thanks for taking a look!

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