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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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  • New fire repeated goeido in 1895, completion of the Amida-Dou in 1895 built are is because compared to Nishi-hongan-Ji's buildings (reconstructed in 1636), is equally good. Goeido, seems to be building area the world's largest wooden buildings. Ōtani assisted Toyotomi Hideyoshi hongan-JI (current, commonly known as ginkaku-ji Temple) and then split in support of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1602 hongan-ji temple built on the East side, so it is called Higashi honganji Temple and is commonly known as.
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  • A huge temple complex and well worth a visit. Just minutes walk from Kyoto Station, with beautifully restored buildings. No photographs of the inside of the temples are allowed but the best photos are...  more »
  • Of higashihonganji Temple-goeidou is all wooden building of the world's largest. Standing in front of goeido and look overwhelmed by its size. It is bigger than I expected and you really know that, though. Even though for a long time here and there to repair and keep just this one great thing I wish I could. Also visit truly memorable firmly for Higashi hongan-ji Temple is not awarded the nokyo-Sho, a powerful figure came burning eyes.
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  • A big Pureland Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Within walking distance from Kyoto Station Hachijo side. Two main halls - founder's hall and Amida hall. It is a quiet and serene place. Not too touristy.
  • This place is just jaw dropping. And it's free to get in
  • 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.
  • Very peaceful, while the wheels of Japan turn........just outside the gates!
  • 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.

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