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I love the garden at Heian-jingu shrine in kyoto. This is relatively newer than other shrines in Kyoto, build in 1895, for the commemoration of the relocation of the capital 1,100 years ago. This enshrines two Emperors; one is the 50th emperor Kanmu (737-806), because he ordered to relocate the capital from Nara to Kyoto in 794, the other is the 121st emperor Komei (1831-1866), who was the last emperor to live in Kyoto. (The next 122nd Meiji emperor lived in Tokyo.) There are a lot of gorgeous cherry trees in this garden, especially it is wonderful sight at the Taiheikaku bridge.

Heian jingu shrine

Taiheikaku

In the Syowa era’s novelist Jyunichiro Tanizaki’s masterpiece, “Makioka Sisters” (Japanese title is “Sasameyuki, light snow”), Makioka sisters visited to Heian-jingu to see cherry blossoms. The heroine Sachiko believed that cherry blossoms in this shrine was the best in Kyoto. In the novel, they came across a bride in kimono. Now if you are lucky, you can see a bride who wears a traditional bride’s white silk kimono (shiromuku) in the garden. This novel was made in the movie as “Sasameyuki” produced by Kon Ichikawa. You can see the splendid colorful cherry blossoms in the opening scene in this cinema.

 Heian-jingu shrine

Weeping cherry trees


 Heian-jingu shrine

Otorii, Gateway 24.2m high


 left side cherry tree at Heian jingu shrine

Left side cherry tree at Heian jingu shrine


Heian-jingu

Otenmon gate 19.3m high


Heian-jingu shrine

Dedicated Sake, rice wine


Heian-jingu shrine

Byakkoro

Heian-jingu shrine

Shobi-kan

Pond and small island at Heian jingu shrine Kyoto

Pond and small island at Heian jingu shrine Kyoto

Cherry tree at Heian jingu

Heian Jingu’s cherry blossoms are vivid pink color.

Cherry blossom at Heian jingu shrine

Cherry blossom at Heian jingu shrine


Cherry blossoms at Heian jingu kyoto

Cherry blossoms and pond at Heian jingu

Cherry blossoms at Heian jingu shrine

Cherry blossoms at Heian jingu shrine

Japanese garden at Heian jingu shrine

Japanese garden at Heian jingu shrine

Japanese garden at Heian jingu

Japanese garden