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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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  • August 16, 2017
    Big and beautiful, but his brother Temple West (nishihonganji). The gardens are in the alley in front of the main entrance, they're pretty nice of them, but there's a lot of Kyoto (A temple). Therefore, not only must you anyway.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I went on foot from Kyoto station. Was to look from a distance. Look into the environment and size of the building highlighted. Railway station. There is a nice toilet.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This is an amazing series of temples on its own grounds. There is so much to see and you can move from building to building covered. The temple is very large and peaceful. The grounds are well taken c...  more »
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  • April 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    This place is just jaw dropping. And it's free to get in
  • January 23, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    Very peaceful, while the wheels of Japan turn........just outside the gates!
  • January 15, 2017
    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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