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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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  • We stumbled across this as we were leaving the train station heading to other sites in Kyoto. However we were glad to have stopped. We went on a day when there were thousands of worshipers celebrating...  more »
  • Higashi honganji Temple, located just a few minutes ' walk from Kyoto station.   Now many people visit late last year, major renovations. So I was 民泊 to the nearby town has been visited the Sunrise early in the morning.   Goeido gate is pomp and circumstance and a warmly welcomed Mr. believers to worship. To Kyoto in the early morning quiet walk too good it is.
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  • Are residing along with thick plaster walls and moats to Karasuma-Dori Higashi honganji Temple of Jodo Shinshu Otani-HA called for East. The precinct there is a resting goeido in front, then left in the Amida-Dou is placed across the sprawling courtyard from the main gate, main gate left serving as a shop. Unplug the footwear on the temple and go up in front of the altar of tatami wide spaces are being created, sits a large number of followers listened to talk of. Thought for such members to Temple, Jodo Shinshu believers is the most numerous and enthusiastic. The significance of free of charge? Namu Amida butsu. I felt the weight quite sour compared to Nishi honganji is registered on the world cultural heritage.
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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.