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Heian Shrine

An important shrine for patriotic locals and curious tourists alike, this site has charming buildings and natural gardens that celebrate Kyoto’s fusion of past and present.

The Heian Shrine is a site of simple beauty and reflection. Built in 1895 on the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto, the sanctuary pays homage to spirits of the country’s emperors. It blends artifice with nature in its museums and traditional gardens. Japan has designated the site as an important cultural property and one of the highest-ranking shrines of its kind.

Walk through the majestic Torii gate as you approach the shrine. Take photos of the main buildings, a scaled-down version of the original imperial palace from the Heian epoch. Attend the Jidai Festival, which takes place on October 22 every year, the anniversary of Kyoto’s birth. Enjoy parades of Japanese marchers in traditional dress from assorted historical periods. Weddings, concerts and other events are held throughout the year.

Embrace the Minami Shin’en garden in the south in April to take advantage of the spacious cherry blossom gardens in full bloom. Peruse the grounds’ various plants and ponds. Feed the fish and rare wildlife, including the yellow and Japanese pond turtles. Tread the stone pillar walkway in the middle garden, which is known as Naka Shin’en. Admire the scenery with a backdrop of the Higashiyama hills in the Higashi Shin’en area to the east. There is an admission fee for the gardens.

The Heian Shrine stands in memory of Emperors Kanmu (8th century) and Komei (19th century). They were the first and final leaders to reign from Kyoto. By the entrance stand a couple of attractions, including the Museum of Modern Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.

The shrine is located in the northeastern region of the city. Nearby attractions include the temples of Shinnyodo, Eikando and Nanzen-ji. The Philosopher’s Walk is only a short distance to the east. Bus rides take half an hour from the city’s principal transportation hub, Kyoto Station, to the shrine. Higashiyama Station is less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away on foot.


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Ace Hotel Kyoto NT$8,337
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Ace Hotel Kyoto

245-2 Aneyakojidori, Higashinotoin-nishiiru Kurumayacho, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 2-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 10 minutes.

    Hotel Monterey Kyoto NT$2,484
    Hotel Monterey Kyoto

    Hotel Monterey Kyoto

    604 Manjuya-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rokakkudo Temple and Nishiki Market. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Shijo Omiya are also within 10 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 4-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 6 minutes.

      Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery NT$3,975
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      84 OHASHICHO, Kyoto
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nishiki Market and Chion-in Temple. Heian Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sanjo Keihan Station and Sanjo Station are within a 2-minute walk.

        APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT NT$1,242
        APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

        APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

        555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Gion, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gion Corner, Kiyomizu Temple, and Heian Shrine. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Tower are also within 3 mi (5 km). Gion-shijo Station is only a 5-minute walk and Kawaramachi Station is 8 minutes.

          Hotel Resol Kyoto Kawaramachi-Sanjo NT$2,012
          Hotel Resol Kyoto Kawaramachi-Sanjo

          Hotel Resol Kyoto Kawaramachi-Sanjo

          59-1 Daikokucho, Kawaramachi-doru Sanjo, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps from Kiyamachi Street and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 10 minutes. Sanjo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Shiyakusho-mae Station is 5 minutes.

            Kyoto Hotel Okura NT$5,781
            Kyoto Hotel Okura

            Kyoto Hotel Okura

            604-8558 Kawaramachi-Oike,Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Kyoto hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Kiyamachi Street, Kawaramachi, and Pontocho. Nishiki Market and Kyoto University are also within 15 minutes. Shiyakusho-mae Station is only a 2-minute walk and Sanjo Keihan Station is 8 minutes.

              SOLARIA Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier NT$4,720
              SOLARIA Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier

              SOLARIA Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier

              Nakagyo-ku Kiyamachi-dori Sanjyo Agaru, Kamiosaka-cho 509, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps from Kiyamachi Street and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 15 minutes. Shiyakusho-mae Station and Sanjo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto NT$2,844
                RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

                RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

                1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.