NAKED YORU MO-DE at Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto 2023

Enjoy a unique experience to night worship at Heian Shrine, Kyoto by NAKED YORU MO-DE

NAKED YORU MO-DE at Heian Jingu Shrine

Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan, with millions of tourists each year,  and there are new attractions waiting every year!

Although winter is usually the low season for tourism in Japan, in reality this time of year has a lot to offer. Especially in Kyoto, famous for its temples, shrines and streets that transport you to the Japan of another era. Seeing these buildings covered in snow is a beautiful sight. For the tourists who wish to avoid the peak travel season in Japan, yet still want to enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms, there is still possibility to make your wish come true.

This winter 2023 you can enjoy a fantastic shrine visit experience that is different from daytime worship in Kyoto, NAKED YORU MO-DE 2023 at Heian Jingu, a digital art exhibition offering an absolutely new  experience, will be held from December 1 (Friday) to December 25 (Monday), 2023.

NAKED YORU MO-DE 2023 Heian Jingu is a nighttime visit/light-up event at Heian Jingu, a nationally designated important cultural property in Kyoto with more than 120 years of history.

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) is one of the most popular shinto shrines in Kyoto, dedicated to the former Imperial family. One of the most striking features of the shrine that sets it apart from others is its vivid red color and its huge tori gate, one of the biggest in Japan. Is specially famous during Spring as one of the top places in Kyoto for cherry blossoms view.

NAKED YORU MO-DE is a special collaboration between NAKED and Heian Shrine that brings a new style of nighttime worship event. During a limited period of time, the Eitenmon Gate (an Important Cultural Property), the main shrine building of Heian Shrine, and other historical buildings of Heain Shrine will be lit up in “Yoru mo-den” style. The lighting will be different from that of the daytime, making it possible to enjoy a fantastic visit to the shrine.

One of the highlights of the event is the projection mapping on the Shobikan, a popular scenic spot of Heian Shrine located in the west of the Seiho Pond. The projection and the illumination of the vivid autumn leaves are reflected on the surface of the water, creating a beautiful garden scene.

In 2021 Heian Shrine collaborated for the first time with the creative company NAKED Inc., well-known for its interactive digital art exhibition, specially Flowers by Naked that was held every year from 2016 to 2020 with over 500,000 visitors. Naked Yoru mo-de, an art event by NAKED and Heian Jingu Shrine gained a big popularity in 2021, so made a comeback in 2022 and this winter 2023 will be held again, becoming a yearly tradition in Kyoto. Visitors will be able to enjoy a new style of nighttime worship at the fantastic Heian Jingu Shrine at night, making full use of Naked’s unique digital art.

NAKED YORU MO-DE at Heian Jingu Shrine
© 2023 NAKED,INC.

This year’s novelty is the Corridor of Light, an interactive artwork that will be decorating the Daigoku-den Hall. Colorful lanterns lighting up the long corridor of Daigoku-den, which is normally inaccessible. Visitors who place a NAKED Distance Lanterns, a participatory artwork in which you yourself participate in the production of light, in a designated place will see changes in the corridor’s projection mapping.

NAKED YORU MO-DE 2023 Heian Shrine

Venue: Heian Jingu Shrine


Access: By bus

Date: 1 December (Friday) to 25 December (Monday)

Hours: 17:30~21:30 (last admission 20:50)


Same Day Tickets:  2,000 yen (From Monday to Thursday), 1,200 yen for elementary school students/ 2,400 yen (Friday, Saturday and Sunday and national holidays), 1,600 yen for elementary school students.

Advance Tickets: 1,600 yen (From Monday to Thursday),  1,000 yen for elementary school students/ 2,000 yen (Friday, Saturday and Sunday and national holidays)/1,400 yen for elementary school students.

Free admission for preschool children

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