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Nishi Honganji, Kyoto

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Religious Site
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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  • This is a good 10 to 15 minute walk from Kyoto station and is a very worthwhile place to visit, along with its partner temple, the Higashi Honganji. The wooden buildings are huge and quite awesome.  more »
  • Went in the evening for a special light show . Although you can visit during the day . Yet another impressive temple in Kyoto . Lots of people there for evening session . Good Japanese artwork inside ...  more »
  • After visiting its sister temple, we went to this one which is actually the main one. Lots of staff were there to welcome people and give information and leaflets (they had them in many languages). Th...  more »