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“Hair Rope?”
Review of Higashi Honganji

Higashi Honganji
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US$120.27*
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
Ranked #57 of 1,391 things to do in Kyoto
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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. Plastic bags are available so that you can take your shoes along as you explore. No videos or photos allowed in the Prayer Hall.

In the covered section linking the two main buildings, you will find the famous "hair rope" and a sled used to transport large items. The ladies restroom is opposite the sled, the men's room is downstairs. Plastic slippers are provided inside the restroom.

If you are in the area, this temple is worth stopping by for half an hour. It is usually very quiet unless there is a special event in progress.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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 bags to carry them.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank evamrejado
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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 of propaganda (?).

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank draghignazzo
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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
Thank 373JohnC373
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