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Nishi Honganji

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Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Jon_Ju1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Barry K
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Just like Higashi Honganji this temple is impressively big. The Karamon gate and the Gingko tree look beautiful.

Thank jolav12
Reviewed 7 June 2018

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. Differences are the locations of the Information Center...More

Thank Dushi-NY
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Large temple that's impressive in size with the large main building and the beautiful entrance and easy to get to. We saw this on a tour with other temples and shrines and stoud out.

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

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

Thank roboesGistel
Reviewed 28 April 2018

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

Thank petrobich
Reviewed 26 March 2018

We came by this temple by accident and was truly impressed by its massive main building and highly decorated entrance. Worth spending a little time if you are interested in temples.

Thank Thanneer
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Although many temples/shrines in Kyoto are similar most are different if you take the time to look, this is one of them.

Thank Trish W
Reviewed 13 March 2018

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

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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
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