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Nishi Honganji

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Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site close to Kyoto Station.It has one truly massive building and some smaller buildings. While this is not a massive complex like other temples, it is quite beautiful. The best part is that it is not crowded (even in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 5 December 2018

Nishi Honganji is the largest Buddhist sect (Jodo Shinshu) in Japan and, I believe, in the United States. If you are visiting Kyoto and would like to experience a Buddhist service but aren't sure how to do it, you might start by attending morning service...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed strolling round this huge complex as it was very quiet. Free entry. No Goshuin but the information centre had free stamps for your non-temple notebook.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 4 November 2018

This temple was right across from my hotel and is also quite close to Kyoto Station. It's well worth a look around. This is a very large complex that includes interior and exterior areas as well as an educational area with a cartoon about the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Nishi Hongan-ji is very similar to Higashi Hongan-ji in layout and architectural style. There's a moat (mostly dry today) and walls surrounding the compound with several entrances, each one featuring a beautifully designed gate. Inside, there is a large courtyard with a washing well, a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 7 October 2018

We visited this temple with a guided cycle tour. There were not many people around. There was some kind of a ceremony going on in one of the buildings. We watched briefly and then we moved on to another building where we sat down and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Late afternoon visit here as part of self guided tour/trip whislt staying in Kyoto. It takes no more than an hour to show yourself round and of all the temple sites it was one of the most impressive in terms of its construction and there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Just like Higashi Honganji this temple is impressively big. The Karamon gate and the Gingko tree look beautiful.

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Once you enter the complex, the layout is similar to Higashi-Honganji. Both walled-in temple complexes are surrounded by a water-filled moats, impressive main entrance gates and contain two main prayer halls connected by a covered wooden walkway. Differences are the locations of the Information Center...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Large temple that's impressive in size with the large main building and the beautiful entrance and easy to get to. We saw this on a tour with other temples and shrines and stoud out.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub,
Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining,
and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with
tourists and local business travelers, making it a
competitive location for ever-new commercial
structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and
trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains.
Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
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