When visiting Kyoto, be sure to take a look at the Heian Shrine also known as Heian-jingu. You can get here by bus #100 from Kyoto station.
The first sign that you are getting near will be the unmistakable massive Torii gate that spans the road, and stands just beyond a bridge that is also bright red.
Walking along this road, in the distance, you will see what you might think is the shrine. This, however, is the entrance to the Heian Shrine.
The entrance to the Heian shrine
The entrance is already very impressive.
The Heian Shrine in Kyoto
Once you pass through here you find yourself standing in front of a huge courtyard of small white stones and in the distance is the Heian shrine.
You can spend plenty of time looking around here and also pay to enter the areas behind the shrine if you wish.
The Heian shrine is worth a look especially if you are beginning a tour around the Higashiyama area.