Yesterday morning, we started our day at Heian Jingu. Heian Jingu was originally built in the late 1800s. It is a reproduction of the Heian Palace, built in 5/8 scale. Nine of the buildings were destroyed by arson in 1976, so those buildings date back to 1979. Heian Jingu is very beautiful – especially at spring time. It’s completely packed with people during cherry blossom season, but it was almost vacant when we went this time. Heian Jingu also appeared in the movie, Memoirs of a Geisha.
You can drive under the torii outside of the shrine.
This is the main gate.
See? It’s vacant! (I guess that’s what happens when the temperatures are in the 90s.)
A cleansing fountain.
A shrine maiden.
I love the tiered rooftops at Heian Jingu.
You can cross the lake on these cute stepping stones.
There were pink, white, and yellow lotuses.
Me in the garden at Heian Jingu.
The covered bridge.
I fed the koi and turtles.
After Heian Jingu, we caught a bus and went to Gion. While there, we visited Yasaka Jinja, Maruyama Koen, and the historical street.
Yasaka Jinja is a very old shrine. Construction on it began in 656. It was recently restored (I believe it was under construction the last time we were in Japan in 2011).
The left hand komainu at this shrine have a unicorn horn.
The right hand ones were normal.
This is an en-musubi. It is a love binding charm. You get these charms for luck with your current partner in love and marriage.
Maruyama Koen is a park right behind Yasaka Jinja.
Here is a crane in the pond at the park.
A dragonfly resting on a rock.
We also saw this cute little bird.
After the park, we walked through Gion for a little bit. In Gion, there is a preserved street where all of the buildings and the road are built in the traditional style.
Store fronts in Gion.
This is a good luck charm that is hung above the doorway to keep out the bad luck, and let in the good luck.
After Gion, we walked over to Teramachi and had lunch at Mumokuteki.
We both got the tofu hamburger lunch. It came with a salad and potato wedges. It was delicious!
After lunch, we went shopping, hung out at the river, and then headed back to the hotel to rest up for the evening.
The next post will be about Gozan Okuribi (also known as Daimonji).