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Water Purification Station – Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Bear water shrine & ladles at Heian Temple - Kyoto, Japan

We visited a lot of shrines & temples in Kyoto. The city seems to have one on every other block.

Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine and it’s big, bold and very orange. I tend to prefer the more understated Buddhist temples, but Heian has a lovely garden that I like to visit, so we made sure to make a stop here.

You’ll likely notice the many purification fountains when you visit Shinto shrines. A lot have dragons, but this one was a bear (or is that a cat of some kind? can’t quite make it out…) and I liked the pop of color from the shrine in the background.

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