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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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  • Walked here from Kinkakuji...it's ok, I guess...honestly, the fact that I can't even write much in a poor review should tell you everything you need to know...it's atmospheric and quiet but I can't gi...  more »
  • I visited in mid-January. Snow on the eve of the rest, always at least had taste. In the thatched temple gate was even and covered with snow and the main gate, Garden sand became white with snow. Koi ponds are cold it still had. Is near the temple, but not other visitors could taste the atmosphere slowly.
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  • Located along the path of philosophy. See looks like painting upslope from the inside, and it entered the frame. It's a Zen-like worlds. Tanizaki and Nishida kitarou Cemetery there.
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  • A serene, hidden treasure. This place offers lectures by the head priest as well as various art events.
  • Nice quiet temple on the path of philosophy. It is away from everything which means no tourists crowded everywhere. Such a peaceful place. Very nice with all the nature surrounding it.
  • I enjoyed this place. It’s quiet, it’s free, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. Definitely drop by.
  • Went through this one on the way to the silver pavilion, there was a sign not to photograph the monkeys... Didn't spot any though. Many more impressive temples and gardens in Kyoto, only recommended when enough time to kill in Kyoto.
  • Not very busy at all and quite nice but not a main attraction if limited on time.
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