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Higashi Honganji, Kyoto

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • Take the wrong car when 順 road to view point, Feeling surprisingly good in here you'll see all kind of different views on the Construction of audiovisual, essential conditions have to catch your 驚 嘆 (although less quantity comparison), travel less compared to my conditions view notes. But Hall and Hall side are also acceptable maybe you sit down the future power of pray or rest, I was ensconced in the afternoon in the summer more than 20 minutes ... ... Next time they'll include progress in Kyoto journey, this is a flat finish can become worse physical and mental place.
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  • If you're close by well this temple complex is worth a visit. Not so many tourists and beautiful building inside and out.  more »
  • Temple complex occupies a relatively large area. He had a big gate structures themselves are huge, but that's all there is. In the yard with nothing but pebbles and fountain to lavabo No. Inside is a large empty space. You can, of course, at 10-15 minutes look but unusual special there is the Temple of anything except size, does not stand out.
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  • A big Pureland Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Within walking distance from Kyoto Station Hachijo side. Two main halls - founder's hall and Amida hall. It is a quiet and serene place. Not too touristy.
  • This place is just jaw dropping. And it's free to get in
  • Higashi Hongan-ji is a large temple in Kyoto but is often not as busy as some of the others. It gives you a real sense of the importance of religion to the Japanese.
  • Very peaceful, while the wheels of Japan turn........just outside the gates!
  • We saw this temple under driving snow. Were just about the only tourists there and appreciated the intensely spiritual experience with lots of people praying and ceremonies happening around us.

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