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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. Plan to visit Higashi Honganji and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kyoto attractions using our Kyoto trip tool .
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  • The last time we were in Kyoto , we took a guided tour but since there is so much to see in this beautiful city , we only spent 20 minutes in this Temple . I made a promess to myself that I would come...  more »
  • This is what makes Kyoto so utterly captivating, you get dropped off by your guide at the hotel, ditch your stuff in your room, start walking back towards the new age steel and glass marvel that is Ky...  more »
  • Well worth a visit - many beautiful halls and garden at this Buddhist Temple complex - friendly welcome.  more »
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  • Free of charge to explore and within walking distance from the train station. The sheer size of these buildings is almost unbelievable! And even though it was in the city, the area seemed very quiet and serene.
  • Picturesque tranquillity in a historical setting. The temple has been rebuilt following several fires and people have died to build this temple as they had to bring down wood from mountainous regions of Japan. This gives you an extra layer of appreciation to the quiet awe you experience once you enter the premises. It's free as they say and it was very quiet even on a Sunday afternoon. You need to put your shoes in a plastic bag before going into any of the buildings. This keeps everything clean and no pictures inside as it's a space of worship. There is also a small gallery with pictures.
  • I came here a few times during my stay at Kyoto. This temple is one of the largest wooden structures in Japan with unique carvings. If you are up to it, attend the early morning service around 6am where buddhist monks do some chanting. A truly unique experience
  • One of the largest temples in Kyoto, a short distance from station. It's really worth visiting especially as it's free. The size of the buildings is really amazing to see. A major restoration of the main hall has recently finished as it was covered for a number of years.
  • It's free so that's a good starter. It's also an impressive building. The wooden design is astounding. Be sure to check out the hair donated by the women during its construction... it's on display.

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