Heian Shrine opens the doors to its South Garden for free on September 19.
Normally, entrance is 600 yen.
Minami Shin'en, or the South Garden, is a Heian-style garden designed to host garden parties for the (now defunct) aristocracy.
The garden is famous for its cherry trees, which blossom in early spring; azaleas, which come into bloom in summer; and its bush clover, which bloom in fall.
The area is full of museums, and close to both Philosophers Walk and the Kamo River.
It is a short ride from downtown Kyoto.
Date: September 19
Hours: 8:30 - 16:30
Public Transportation Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae
Cycling: The Shrine is in the Okazaki museum area.
Tel: 075 761 0221
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