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Honen-in, Kyoto

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Historic Site
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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  • This is a great temple. It is quiet, mysterious and really embedded in the landscape. It is also very quiet. It is better than nearby Ginkakuji temple which gets a lot of attention. Best of all it is ...  more »
  • We had visited in winter on a cycle tour and I fell in love with this beautiful place so we decided to come back this April after the philosophers walk. Often overlooked by tourists, it has a very pea...  more »
  • This temple is by the side of Philosophers Walk and is set in a forested area with stone steps and travelled pathways. It is free to walk around the grounds, but there is no public access to the actua...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very quiet, peaceful and tranquil. A great place to soak in the spiritual culture.
  • Closed to the public when we visited. Maybe that's why it was so quiet
  • 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.
  • Small but quiet with a beautiful gate into a old garden with a pond and moss-covered masonry.