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Honen-in, Kyoto

Categories: Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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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  • Opens at 6 am, no charge, one other visitor. Enjoy the dark doorway framing nature, the posted zen poem, the leaf cascading water downward next to a beautiful peony in the fountain. Makes for a nice s...  read more »
  • We will upgrade from philosopher's walk. Pattern painted on the white Temple is visited after the rain, so clearly didn't. There were a lot of foreign tourists is relatively smaller, could visit the relaxing.
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  • Each temple in Kyoto has its own character, and while this one wasn't at the top of our list, it still was worth stopping into while we walked the temple circuit. 
  • 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.
  • Great temple to visit along the Philosopher's walkway, especially during the autumn leaves season.
  • It is not beautiful but the architecture and decor are different. Worth the see just for that.
  • A quiet temple just off the Philosopher's Walk
  • A very nice place.
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