beautiful garden inside the Heian Imperial Castle

Heian Castle in Japan

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Amazing tori before the Castle

We went to Kyoto to see a replica of one of Japan’s oldest castles- Heian castle in Japan. It was the imperial castle from 794-1227 (that’s old!). In 1227 the power of the palace dwindled until it got burned to the ground and was never rebuilt again. A replica was built during the 1970s.

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The original castle was bigger than this.

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Panorama of the castle ground

The Heian period was famous because this was the period Japan emulated China a lot. This was the only era I saw where Japan looked like a cross between China and Korea — before they started distinguishing themselves from China and becoming the cultural Japan we know.

beautiful garden inside the Heian Imperial Castle

beautiful garden inside the Heian Imperial Castle

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