Hirano-jinja Shrine

Hirano-jinja Shrine © Iry

About Hirano-jinja Shrine

Hirano-jinja is a shrine located in Kita-ku, Kyoto which is famous for its cherry trees. Cherry trees have been planted since the Heian period (794~1185)as symbols of invigorating one’s lifeforce, and at this shrine there are 400 trees of 60 different varieties. From late March into early May you can enjoy a wide spectrum of cherry trees.

The shrine was formerly positioned in ancient Nara’s imperial court in 782 but in 794 when the capital was transferred here to Heian-kyo (old Kyoto), this shrine came with it. The main shrine was reconstructed in the early 17th century and designated as important cultural property. The enshrined deities here are Imakisume-okami, Kudo-no-okami, Furuaki-no-okami, and Hime-no-okami.

The Cherry Blossom Festival

Every year on the 10th of April the shrine is crowded with tourists for this festival. There is a procession of people dressed in horseback warrior outfits and women dressed in traditional garb and you can watch them parade through the area. You are allowed to get right up next to the procession and so you can see the participants wearing a variety of interesting costumes for the festival.

In addition to the cherry blossoms on the shrine premises you can also enjoy traditional cherry blossom candies. There are "Hirano Ouro" candies that are sweet red bean paste covered in a sugar coating, "Kaiunzakura" cherries that float in a drink called sakura-yu, a drink made by pouring water over preserved cherries. From late March to mid-April there is also classical music and gagaku (old Japanese court music) performed in the main shrine.


From Kyoto Station (京都駅) take the city bus and get off at Kinugasa-ko-mae (衣笠校前) and from there it’s a 3 minute walk. On the Keifuku Railway’s Kitano Line go to Kitano Hakubaicho Station (北野白梅町駅) and you can walk 10 minutes. The Kitano-Tenmangu is located nearby so it’s a good idea to visit both if you can. 

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Description: Hirano-jinja Shrine

Sights Hirano-jinja Shrine (平野神社)
Address Hirano Miyamotocho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-461-4450 / Fax: 075-461-1700
Duration 20Minutes
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Hirano-jinja Shrine