Naked Yorumode Heian Jingu

Illuminations at this Important Cultural Property

Dec 15th
Dec 30th
Venue: Heian Shrine When: Dec 15th - Dec 30th 2021

The art collective Naked has gained notoriety for hosting incredible light and projection mapping events, and a new one coming to Kyoto's Heian Shrine this December is bound to follow that precedent. Naked Yorumode Heian Jingu includes a brightly illuminated Oten-mon Gate (the front gate of the shrine), along with various light and sound displays at the shrine's Main Hall, Souryu-rou Tower, and garden grounds.

The illuminations take place at various areas across the shrine grounds
The illuminations take place at various areas across the shrine grounds (Photo: Naked Co., Ltd)

The event also provides an inventive way of keeping a level of social distance from others -- the Naked Distance Lanterns ® project beautiful light circles on the ground, giving an indication of how far from others you should stand.

The Naked Distance Lanterns are an inventive way of maintaining space from others
The Naked Distance Lanterns are an inventive way of maintaining space from others (Photo: Naked Co., Ltd)

Even sanitizing your hands is done in style at this event, with flower projections displayed on visitors' palms as the sanitizer is dispensed.

Even the process of hand sanitizing is beautified at the event
Even the process of hand sanitizing is beautified at the event (Photo: Naked Co., Ltd)

Admission prices to the event differ depending on the day you visit. From Monday through Thursday, prices are ¥ 1500 for junior high school students and above, and ¥ 1000 for elementary students. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the rate increases to ¥ 2000 for junior high students and above, and ¥ 1500 for elementary students.

Getting there

Heian Jingu can be accessed in approximately six minutes on foot from Higashiyama Station, which is served by the Tozai subway line. Bus services also operate from Kyoto Station to the area - take the Raku Bus #100 which has a dedicated stop for the shrine.

More info

Find out more about Heian Shrine.

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Elizabeth S 2 days ago
What a brilliant idea, pun intended!

Back in 2008 when Meiji Jingu celebrated its 50th anniversary of rebuilding, they opened up for evenings and it was spectacular. Shrines are otherworldy in the evening.
Kim Author 2 days ago
There really is something special about enjoying shrines and temples after dark! Just a completely different perspective than during daytime.
Elena Lisina 3 days ago
Oh, that's wonderful!
Kim Author 2 days ago
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