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Higashi Honganji, Kyoto

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Visit the headquarters of a Buddhist sect at Higashi Honganji, a temple bearing the same name as the sect. Established in 1602 by Shogun Tokugawa leyasu when splitting the existing Shin sect in two, the center of Higashi Honganji sits just a few streets to the east of Nishi Honganji, the headquarters of the other faction created after the Shogun's interference. Stroll through the temple's traditional Japanese garden and admire the large wooden structure of the main temple hall, rebuilt in 1895 after a fire burned down the original temple. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Higashi Honganji and many more Kyoto attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kyoto vacation trip planner.
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  • Higashi Honganji is the headquarter of Otani sect of Jyodo Shinshu Buddhism, founded by Shinran. It is maybe one of the most influential religious organizations in Japan. Because of its location, whic...  more »
  • Is a temple over 1 billion, applied gold leaf, the most beautiful state recently finished repairing the Kyoto's largest wooden building. Come visit.
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  • We had some time to kill between checkout and train to Hiroshima. So we went for a short walk and found this huge temple facility. It was seriously massive! There were two main prayer rooms are where ...  more »
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  • Compared to other temples I visited, there was only a little crowd. It felt much less commercial, much more of a spiritual experience. The buildings are impressive, huge and beautiful. I really recommend it for those looking to avoid tourist traps.
  • A little more touristy than other temples but still beautiful to see. Very serene with great architecture
  • Huge and venerable shrine hall, can feel that seriously Buddha's merits to have such a wonderful worshipping temple for the faithfulness Buddhists. Deep down in my heart, earnestly prai sing and bowing Shakyamuni Buddha and Amituofo Buddha. Because of Buddhas, the universe anf world becomes so peacefully and wonderful. Everyone should pray and knee down to Buddha. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha
  • The temple might not be as grand as the nearby Nishi-Hangani Temple, but it's worth your while. The temple is very close to Kyoto station, so if you haven't got much time, see it.
  • One of the most underrated shrines in Kyoto, it is the largest wooden structure in the world - the central founders hall. Amazing and quiet place walking distance from the station. Beautiful wooden structures and massive pillars and intricate carvings and sculptures.