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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. 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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  • A really beautiful and calm place. When we entered through the small thatched roof gate, we came across two small stone zen gardens with flowers designed in them. Beautiful little garden and carp pond...  more »
  • Kyoto tourist attraction and a crowded everywhere recently, compared with leave regardless is the place. MOSS-covered garden and thatched-roof main gate. So, happy.
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  • If you are already on the Path of Philosophy, then take out the extra 20 min needed to visit this old shrine lovingly maintained by their caretakers. There are raised sand mounds that are carefully gr...  more »
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  • Very nice place to visit if you are at the Path of Philosophy because it is very near. I will always remember this place for the kindness of the priestess here who gave me an umbrella when it was raining and she saw that I did not have one.
  • Very picturesque and atmospheric temple, when the seasons change and even when he weather is bad. Just slightly off the beaten path which means dramatically less crowded than some of the main sights in Kyoto. Like many locations in Kyoto can be tough for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
  • Quiet and surprisingly empty. I was one of three people at the temple when I went around 3 PM. The temple itself is nothing great, but the atmosphere is good, so if you're at Ginkaku-ji walk ten minutes and drop by.
  • Beautiful, quiet little temple in the woods. Near Ginkakuji, but doesn't draw many people, which is a big plus.
  • Great temple to visit along the Philosopher's walkway, especially during the autumn leaves season.