Torii (shrine gate) at Heian-jingu Shrine in snow – image © Jeffrey Friedl
Hiean-jingu is one of the best places in Kyoto for “hatsumode” (first shrine visit of the year). Here’s the dramatic torii (shrine gate) of the shrine under snow. On New Year’s Eve, the shrine stays open late to accommodate late-night worshippers.
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