Heian Shrine, with its eye-catching vermilion-lacquered Otorii (Great Gate) and shrine buildings, was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kammu, the founder of Heian-kyo, and Emperor Komyo, the last emperor of the capital. In addition to the vast garden that adorns the shrine grounds, the shrine is also known as the site of the Jidai Matsuri, one of the three major festivals in Kyoto.
Okazaki is landmarked by the large torii gate of Heian Shrine. Okazaki has become a center of art and culture, with museums and theaters gathered in a spacious, open space. In between visiting museums, you may want to spend some time in one of the many cafes in the area.