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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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  • Having just visited the Shosei-en garden (see separate report) we were headed to the metro when we spotted this huge Temple across the road. We had to visit. For its size it was reasonably quiet with ...  more »
  • Savor the feeling of passing in front of Kyoto station Karasuma-shichijo and come into view on your left is big Higashi honganji Temple, came to Kyoto. And the ground still nobody is well groomed gravel calmed, shoes off the main 上garemashita. The wooden corridors and shiny shiny, pleasant great temple. Sutra also seems to be the temple admission free don't know but here in Kyoto.
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  • It's a must near the station. Do a jump takes that long if you expect a train to Kyoto station.
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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.