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Honen-in, Kyoto
(4.2/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Explore the secluded woodland of Honen-in, a temple set in peaceful grounds. While the actual temple buildings open to the public only twice yearly (the first week in April, and the first week in November), you are always free to explore the calming surroundings, complete with raked gravel gardens and a tranquil carp pond. Be sure to check out the onsite gallery, which frequently exhibits national and international artists. To visit Honen-in on your holiday in Kyoto, and find out what else Kyoto has to offer, use our Kyoto vacation generator.
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  • A quiet and beautiful temple, that is not the most popular on the tourist trail. Which means it is not crowded and is incredibly tranquil and serene. There's no ticket to get in. We did a "quick" visi...  more »
  • The original method of training just in case natural birth, recited a prayer Chamber sources Saint when preached and were just Buddhas galore in Soan for deer Tokyo, also called, is a quiet temple. Hope to visit in spring and autumn Temple special public and the furnace is not showing. Street gate, between the Temple of white sand, coming in front of the Mainland to calm your mind, and mind, a.m. to pray. During the spring of the fresh green will take a look at let me visit.
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  • Tucked away on the way to the ginkaku-ji Temple from the nanzen-JI. Is the small gate hanging there entrance, covered with MOSS. Admission is free of charge. This is where many temples full of tourists really calm and collected. There are few foreign tourists was. Calms the mind.
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  • Very nice place to visit if you are at the Path of Philosophy because it is very near. I will always remember this place for the kindness of the priestess here who gave me an umbrella when it was raining and she saw that I did not have one.
  • Very picturesque and atmospheric temple, when the seasons change and even when he weather is bad. Just slightly off the beaten path which means dramatically less crowded than some of the main sights in Kyoto. Like many locations in Kyoto can be tough for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
  • Quiet and surprisingly empty. I was one of three people at the temple when I went around 3 PM. The temple itself is nothing great, but the atmosphere is good, so if you're at Ginkaku-ji walk ten minutes and drop by.
  • Beautiful, quiet little temple in the woods. Near Ginkakuji, but doesn't draw many people, which is a big plus.
  • Great temple to visit along the Philosopher's walkway, especially during the autumn leaves season.