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Honen-in, Kyoto

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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. Make Honen-in a centerpiece of your Kyoto vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • September 30, 2017
    It is not very big, but very unique. Fascinated by Ningbo we cool the Environment, will go to the FA. Too many people inside, not to say is you. If you want to go to some other Kyoto-view point, this one is not wrong.
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  • September 22, 2017
    It seems a really secret place cause i met just a few tourists during my visit. It's completely free and offers a quiet and a serenity that i found only in a few other places,don't miss it  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    They say it's a hidden gem ... Unfortunately not anymore but remains a charming place. Nestled in the forest and musk, very well maintained and cared for has beautiful zen gardens. You feel like you're in a small town and not in Kyoto. It is easy to find if you leave from Ginkaku-ji and it will take about 15 minutes walk
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  • February 12, 2017
    This is the first temple I went to see in Kyoto. My favorite part was the sand/ zen garden added to the serene feeling of the temple. The path also allows you to walk around the garden. Beautiful temple.
  • May 28, 2017
    Very quiet, peaceful and tranquil. A great place to soak in the spiritual culture.
  • May 26, 2017
    Closed to the public when we visited. Maybe that's why it was so quiet
  • February 7, 2017
    I'm almost hesitant to review this one to keep it somewhat secret, as it was deserted when I went. No tourists, just serene beauty. Make the walk through the neighborhoods from larger, more famous sites to the North to take in this jewel of Kyoto.
  • May 5, 2017
    Small but quiet with a beautiful gate into a old garden with a pond and moss-covered masonry.

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