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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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TripAdvisor
  • Not a place featured in most of the guide books. It's free admission and there are no crowds of tourists. It's a nice walk around the different temple halls. Take the time to read the inspiring quotes...  more »
  • After more than 2 weeks in Japan, the free temples seem to be the most amazing ones. Moreover they are not crowded. Magnificent huge wooden buildings with beautiful bouddhist flags everywhere. The hot...  more »
  • First of all, this is the Hongwan-Ji Temple, not as spelled above. Came out of Rhiga Royal and took a left and decided to explore what was up this street. About one or two blocks we came upon Hongwan-...  more »
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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.
  • 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.