Heian jingu

Heian Jingu is a shrine that is constructed in 1895 at the 1100th anniversary of the establishment of Kyoto city.

The architectural style of the Japan’s Heian Period was applied to its construction, and it enshrines both the Emperor Kanmu and the Emperor Komei. If you pass through the Otorii Gate, you can find cultural facilities like museums and art museums. In spring, weeping cherry trees enhance splendid beauty of the vermilion-lacquered buildings such as Ote Gate and Daigoku Palace, a duplication of a state chamber of the Heian Imperial Palace. Going into the main building of the shrine, you may find the Japanese landscape garden with a pond in center, covering an area of 10,000 square meters.

The garden is consisted of four sections; east, central, west and south gardens. This place, too, gets occupied by the blooming cherry trees in spring, especially dominated by 150 weeping cherry trees.

The cherry trees usually start to bloom in the beginning of April, and get in full-bloom by the shrine’s festival held in April, 15th.

Since they are double-flowered, the flowers can last for about two weeks. People enjoy drawing a fortune called Hana-mikuji (a written oracle only being obtained in Heian Jingu), and it is impressive to see that the wooden pole on which numerous written oracles tied up resembles a cherry tree itself.