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“Higashi-Honganji Temple , Kyoto, Japan”
Review of Higashi Honganji

Higashi Honganji
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US$120.88*
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
Ranked #57 of 1,390 things to do in Kyoto
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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, founder of the sect.
This hall is 76 m. long, 56 m. wide and 38 m. high and has golden chandeliers and 90 wooden pillars. You can sit here on the tatami anf "feel" the sanctity.
The Amidado hall, almost as large is dedicated to Amida Buddha.
On the grounds you can also admire a huge bronzen bell .
You enter and leave the grounds through the founders gate = Goei-do-mon" gate.
Admire here the ceiling and the massive wooden gate-doors !

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank roboesGistel
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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 would be somewhere to explore if we get back to Kyoto.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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 Kyoto Station and Century Hotel.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mvine42
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

I think that a visit to any shrine should first off show respect as this is a place of worship. It this case the shrine was large and in immaculate condition. As such I would recommend anyone who has the time and inclination to make the effort to visit this location.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank SheridanNorfolk
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

One of the best temples I’ve seen so far, this place is grand in terms of size and detailing. It is only a few-minute walk from Kyoto Shinkansen Station. Recommended.

Date of experience: April 2018
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