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New Year at Heian Jingu Shrine

Kimonos in the crowd

Heian Jingu shrine is a striking Kyoto landmark with its elegant green-roofed vermilion buildings. Many Kyoto people go there for Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year (and sometimes the only one!) As at other Shinto shrines, you can check your fortune for the coming year by buying omikuji. If you visit at New Year, you are sure to see women wear kimonos. At New Year, kimono wearers can ride the subway for free!

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