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Review of Higashi Honganji

Higashi Honganji
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US$121.36*
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
Ranked #65 of 1,367 things to do in Kyoto
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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.

Thank Aimée-Linh M
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"wooden structure"
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"main hall"
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"kyoto station"
in 76 reviews
"founder's hall"
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"human hair"
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"huge temple"
in 9 reviews
"amida buddha"
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"minutes walk from the main"
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"open courtyard"
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"tatami mats"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"free admission"
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"temple compound"
in 3 reviews
"excellent temple"
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"wash your hands"
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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 cost to make something like this.
Outside it would be much nicer if the change the pebbles for more grass.

Thank ReisDNA
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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.

1  Thank Dushi-NY
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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.

Thank Eva M
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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 (?).

Thank Ruben R
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