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Nishi Honganji, Kyoto
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Designated as a World Heritage Site, Nishi Honganji represents a temple complex where visitors are able to experience contemporary Japanese Buddhism and take a glimpse into Japan's distant past. Founded in the 16th century, the temple remains one of the largest wooden structures in the world, featuring an impressive main gait and a roof made of bark shingles. The temple displays surviving pieces of architecture from the early Edo and Azuchi-Momoyama periods. To visit Nishi Honganji and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto tourist route planner.
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  • It is one of the world cultural heritage city located in 17 locations. Higashi hongan-ji Temple is a world cultural heritage, not along the Horikawa-Dori, is a head temple of the Jodo Shinshu honganji Temple sect. Every year is famous for slapping the dust at the end of the year.
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  • This one has a sibling just a couple of blocks away so I would recommend to visit them together. They are very alike with similar style and structure but it worth to visit both. The stories about the ...  more »
  • There were a lot of visitors (visitors) was during the week. But is is indeed a quiet temple,. In a quiet and calming mind. House Nishi-hongan-JI sect, so want to visit one day and I thought, but the temple is large spacious hall, and two, nothing could surprise. National treasure, the karamon, was that during the past hour was.
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  • They have chants at 9:30 and 11:30 everyday a believe.. the national treasure building. Located inside the complex. Number 3 has a hidden garden that is amazing. Very peaceful.
  • Nishi honganji is UNESCO heritage. Reasonably that temple is really beautiful. This temple is one of the top temple own there class.
  • Konjanard visited it's nice place and beutiful so much.
  • While all the other more famous shrines were over crowded, this beautiful and authentic shrine was almost empty! You can visit inside for free, the outside had comfortable facilities (restroom, cafeteria, vending machines, etc.), English brochure and local guide available for free. We enjoyed it very much.
  • Historically important cultural asset. Higashi is more gigantic and impressive maybe. But this one is authentic.