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Higashi Honganji, Kyoto

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Religious Site
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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  • The shrine itself is huge, it was build in the 13th century. It's near the Kyoto station, if you walking by don't forget to check it.  more »
  • A beautiful temple complex a stone throw from Kyoto Station, this is a must see when you are in the area. The site is open and free of charge. Just remember to take a bag for your shoes before you go ...  more »
  • Thought this was a lot more to see. Large area but you may not see much. Long queues for something we didn't really got to grips with. Bad signs. It was fair so not easy to really look around. Beautiful but there are many others.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Impressive architecture. You can walk inside. Admission was free.