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Heian Jingu (平安神宮) in Kyoto. Definitely a highlight of our trip to Japan during the spring time. Kyoto is a town with so many attraction, I think you need weeks to explore this beautiful city with its hundred of temples, pagodas, shrines, ...

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heian_Jingu:
The Heian Jingū is a Shinto shrine located in Kyoto, Japan. The Torii before the main gate is one of the largest in Japan, and the main building, or shaden, is designed to imitate the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The Heian Jingū was built in 1895 for the 1100th anniversary of the establishment of Heiankyō (the old name of Kyoto). The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kammu and Emperor Kōmei. The former moved the capital to Heian, and the latter was the last before Emperor Meiji, who moved the capital to Tokyo. The Heian Jingū is the destination of the Jidai Matsuri, one of the three most important festivals of Kyoto. (October 22). The procession of this festival begins at the old Imperial palace, and includes carrying the mikoshi (portable shrines) of Emperors Kammu and Komei to the Heian Jingū.

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