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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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  • Gates leaves behind it is very nice. Time leaves fewer people climb the mountain from the philosopher's walk for temple is people are to known whether increased a few people this year. I think as a space to be a simple healing around the Temple in Kyoto is almost deserted and the Kyoto one.
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  • Honen, it was the first time visit this place. this placein 30 Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, is a quiet temple near the road of philosophy. It flows is when you slow. While walking in t...  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.

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