Heian Shrine

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The main gate to Heian Shrine.
  • Established: 1895
  • Japanese: 平安神宮 (Heian jinguu)

Heian Shrine is a large Shinto shrine in Kyoto, enshrining the spirits of Emperors Kammu and Kômei, the first and last emperors to reign in the city.

The shrine was established in 1895, in honor of the 1100th anniversary of Emperor Kammu establishing Kyoto (aka Heian) as the imperial capital in 794. The main buildings of the shrine are meant to resemble or recreate those of the Heian Imperial Palace.

The shrine's gardens are particularly famous.


  • "Heian jingû." Sekai daihyakka jiten 世界大百科事典. Hitachi Solutions, 2012.