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We visited this temple with a guided cycle tour. There were not many people around. There was some kind of a ceremony going on in one of the buildings. We watched briefly and then we moved on to another building where we sat down and...More
Late afternoon visit here as part of self guided tour/trip whislt staying in Kyoto. It takes no more than an hour to show yourself round and of all the temple sites it was one of the most impressive in terms of its construction and there...More
Once you enter the complex, the layout is similar to Higashi-Honganji. Both walled-in temple complexes are surrounded by a water-filled moats, impressive main entrance gates and contain two main prayer halls connected by a covered wooden walkway.
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This temple lies slightly N.W. of Kyoto station and only a 15 minutes walk away.
This is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect ( true pure land sect ), one of the largest Buddhist sects wth over 10.000 subtemples across...More
Honganji is the mother temple and headquarters of Jodo Shinshu (The True Essence of Pure Land Buddhist Teaching). I've been to many temples and shrines but I can say that this temple is one of the biggest. The size of the halls : Amidado and...More
This Buddhist Temple is a Unesco World Heritage site and yet it does not seem to be very popular with the tourists ! Maybe it is because there are 16 other Unesco sites in Kyoto or because they mix it with the Higashi Honganji in...More
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.