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Higashi Honganji

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754 Tokiwacho, Karasumadori Shichijo-agaru, Kyoto 600-8167, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviewswooden structuremain hallkyoto stationfounder's hallhuman hairhuge templeamida buddhaminutes walk from the mainopen courtyardtatami matsinteresting exhibitsfree admissiontemple compoundexcellent templewash your handspeace and tranquilitywhole complex
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

Just like Nishi Honganji it’s impressively big, I especially liked the main gate. It’s a short walk from Kyoto Station to the temple. It’s also worth visiting the garden, Shosei-en, which is a short walk to the east.

Thank jolav12
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Walk straight out of Kyoto station main entrance and across the main street , straight ahead about 10-15 min walk and you will come to the large temple complex and grounds, Huge impressive Chinese style gate ,lets you into the large open courtyard and the...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Higashi Honganji is must see temple. lovely architect which is very close to Kyoto Station and Yodobashi.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Impressive building near the city center of Kyoto. We went here twice and both times it wasn’t busy. Great to have a rest inside the temple (shoes off) and take a moment to look around and see the amazing lots of work it must have...More

Thank ReisDNA
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Only a small section of the temple complex is open to the public. Be sure to pick up the free pamphlet at the Information Center that describes the must see areas. The two main buildings are up a set of stairs after removing one's shoes....More

1  Thank Dushi-NY
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

This temple is walking distance from Kyoto station and just opposite you'll find a beautiful garden. The entrance is free and there are few empty halls to visit. The architecture is amazing and has nice pictures. They'll make you take your shoes off but provide...More

Thank Eva M
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Interesting to visit this temple and the rival next door (Nishi Honganji) rigth away. You can see and compare. They are very open to teach you with a good environment for meditating/praying. Maybe at some points you can feel that there is a little bit...More

Thank Ruben R
Reviewed 16 May 2018

This temple-the EAST ( = higashi)- Honganji-temple was built 11 years afters its sister, the west ( nishi ) -Honganji and is the head temple of the Otani faction of Jodo-Shin Buddhism. The Goeido Main Hall is Kyoto's largest wooden structure and dedicated to Shrinan,...More

Thank roboesGistel
Reviewed 4 May 2018

While walking to our hotel from Kyoto Station we passed the Higashi Honganji. We did not realize what this place was until we checked later. We were impressed by the size of the complex and the structures themselves. We did not go inside but it...More

Thank Ron S
Reviewed 27 April 2018

When we were in the viewing platform of the Kyoto Tower we saw this imposing structure, so next day we decided to visit. Well worth half an hour to see some astonishing craftsmanship in the beautiful Buddhist temple. And just a few minutes walk from...More

Thank M V
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