Heian-jingu has a relatively short history. It was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th year of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo.

Heian-jingu enshrines two Japanese emperors as deities, the 50th Emperor Kan-mu who transferred the capital to Heian-kyo, and the 121st Emperor Komei, the last emperor who had lived in Kyoto.

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