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Nishi Honganji

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Address: Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
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i is not easy to say which is the best place to see in kyoto. like rome. endless city. every days something old but new. too beautiful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i is not easy to say which is the best place to see in kyoto. like rome. endless city. every days something old but new. too beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the first temple we visited when we arrived in Kyoto because it's near the Kyoto Station. I'm not that knowledgeable when it comes to Buddhism or temples in general, instead, I was excited to visit this temple because of its affiliation with the Shinsengumi. The temple was very impressive from the Karamon to the temple itself. It was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple was located right in front of our ryokan. It was pouring rain that day and the visit was perfect.... the temple were lending some umbrellas to people, it is very quiet and relaxing to visit this kind of beautiful temple.

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Chicago Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a student (fanatic) for Japanese temples and gardens, but I regard the two Honganji's (Nishi and Higashi) as rather commercial and not very interesting. Fine for local worship and community, but not that much to see.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nishi Hongan-ji is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect of Buddhism. It is believed that this temple originated with the construction of the mausoleum that contained the grave of the high priest Shinran, who was the founder of this temple. Nishi Honganji (West Honganji) was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, after the sect's former head temple, Ishiyama... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a n hour to kill before our train left so walked north up to this temple. Very peaceful with a ceremony happening when we were there. Another example of an old traditional set of buildings set firmly in the middle of a modern city. It's free too so would recommend it if in the area with a bit... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 difficulties of the building are really interesting with the hair rope, they used and the slide for moving trees. The size of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a big temple where you can go inside but you have to take off your shoes. When we went there we tried some foods that were selling in a kind of food court.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main gate alone would keep you gazing for a long time and wondering as to how intricate and time consuming the making of it was.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Aside from the Golden Pavilion, this is the most commercialized temple I've seen in Japan during my three weeks there. It has a large cafe/restaurant, all kinds of things for sale and absolutely nothing zen about it. It was completely packed with Japanese tour groups and you had to fight the crowds to get anywhere.

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