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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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  • Is any consideration was given to wheelchairs, even easy to pray, perfect legs, a national treasure and heritage of Kyoto's largest temple.
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  • Great gorgeous Temple, door main was at restoration, but going through this door is wonderful what you see.
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  • One of the two large temples in Kyoto. The structures look amazing from outside, but inside quite a disappointment, as they are almost empty. 
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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.