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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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  • It is not a major temple and it is usually not visited by most tourists. However, this temple is situated only a few steps away of the philosopher's walk and the visit will take yo less than 30 minute...  more »
  • Despite the tourist season in the season of cherry blossoms, method natural to natural as no one ever visited. Thanks to that you can walk also. It may be that is located on a hill, you hesitate. Rustic thatched-roof Temple and the MOSS garden, especially because this feature did feel like, but the atmosphere nicely away from the hustle and bustle and could walk.
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  • Visited 3/25 during the autumn with tourists gate of thatched roof of glass and white temple near tourist landscape no one at almost zero shoot was. We recommend removing the foliage season regardless of autumn leaves, just like thatched-roof gate and Temple of white sand landscape as you visit. While in here twice a year meeting and meeting [April 1-7 (500 yen) and 11-1-7 (800 yen)] has a special opening of the Cathedral in the Hojo and garden viewable only during this period.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful, quiet little temple in the woods. Near Ginkakuji, but doesn't draw many people, which is a big plus.