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Honen-in, Kyoto

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#39 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Historic Site Religious 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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  • The official name is a temple of the Jodo sect temple mountain man without good care and say. Grounds admission free and charming can cleanse the mind and body with a thatched temple gate Temple of white sand between the views over the garden. Charming was environment only because it exposes the fusuma of the Amitabha Buddha sitting image of the main hall and other symbolic designs (important cultural property) in spring and autumn special admission was published before is a great temple.
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  • It was quiet compared to the crowds of ginkaku-ji Temple, another world. The Green that gets in your body. Hope not forever keep quiet temple.
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  • It's a quiet secluded spot tucked away. Not crowded, with plenty of staff. Sometimes live music like you do and also I want to go at that time.
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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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