Heian means peaceful in Japanese. The shrine was built in late 19th century to commemorate Heian Period, the glorious period of ancient Japan where the capital was still Kyoto. I heard that it supposed to be the miniature size of Kyoto Imperial Palace. Like many other Shinto shrines, Heian Shrine was big and orange. There was a nice garden with pavilions that had very tranquil atmosphere. It was brilliant during the summer, but rumour has it that it is at the most beautiful during spring when all the cherry trees are blooming. So when you are somehow roaming around Kyoto, look up for a massive orange Torii gate, and you know you’re on the right path.
a cemetery I stumbled along the way
the massive Torii gate