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Higashi Honganji

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754 Tokiwacho, Karasumadori Shichijo-agaru, Kyoto 600-8167, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This huge temple is beautiful.It is very close to Kyoto station so if you have limited time make sure you pop in for a stroll.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tammyzh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this place is huge. Not over crowded with tourists either! Several signs about inside telling you some of the history of one of the largest if not the largest wooden structure created. Lifts the spirits to visit and feel the calmness. Easy walk from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wannagoodbed
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only a few hundred metres from the railway station and businesses this temple was almost deserted in a quiet the middle of the day - it gave you time to appreciate the architecture and craftsmanship of its construction

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank investigator2
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

Higashi Hinganji is the head temple of Shinshu Otani sect. It’s a walking distance from Kyoto Station. The main building is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world and free to enter for meditation. There are series of religious buildings in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank NYLON_nomad
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed strolling round this huge complex as it was very quiet. Free entry. No Goshuin but the information centre had free stamps for your non-temple notebook. Human hair rope is on the walkway between the two main halls.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Hi, we were waiting for a bus transfer and wandered round corner to this temple Higashi Honganji and what a beautiful find, so impressive and so peaceful...really worth a visit and it’s free....

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Marty3118
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

From the Kyoto station, it's a short walk north to a free temple with multiple buildings including an art gallery. You can't take pictures inside the Temple buildings. The Goei-di Hall is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 667maryanns
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The buildings are magnificent, with elegant proportions and intricate ornamentation. And all wood! Look at the size of the timbers! Take your time to look at the details closely, and appreciate how the almost monochromal effect lends the complex a solemnity befitting its status. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank F8714PN_Alex_W
Reviewed 17 October 2018

I found this temple purely by accident. I happened to just be walking by it while on my way to Kyoto Train station. I am very glad that I did stop and go in as it is both very impressive in terms of size, design,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Allan L
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Located just 10 min walk from Kyoto Station, this wooden temple is so huge and beautiful you won't ever want to miss. It is free to enter, expect to spend around 40 - 90 min inside the temple. There are people praying inside the prayer...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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