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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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  • 東本願寺交通方便,其實我們也是無意間經過,但我們就被這一個莊嚴、寧靜、偉大的寺廟吸引着了! 它的宏偉、莊嚴,是我們感受日本寺廟文化的好地方。遊客不多,但實質上它是一個不可不去的地方!  more »
  • And being overwhelmed by the size of the gate just inside the gate of the temple too further am amazed. This large temple is for the first time. Consent from one of the largest wooden building in the world. Take your shoes off, put in, so take a look at looking inside. This is place is about 10 minutes from Kyoto station.
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  • Walking from Kyoto station Karasuma Street, is just a few minutes. Turn on the vast grounds, during the environment widely take your shoes off. WC, sitting room is beautiful.
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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.