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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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Beautiful Temple Roof entrance and complex, peaceful place

When you see the beautiful and magnificent imposing entrance gate to this temple, you cannot fail to be impressed. It is an awe inspiring sight and incredibly preserved. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you see the beautiful and magnificent imposing entrance gate to this temple, you cannot fail to be impressed. It is an awe inspiring sight and incredibly preserved. The entire area was dedicated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1994. We were on a busy schedule that day so did not get too Long to explore the whole area.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can visit 西本願寺 and 東本願寺 together as they are very closed by. It is a 10 minutes walk. This is a free tourist point with beautiful buddha structures. Also it has free tour guide to walk you through some historical backgrounds. A huge plus!!! The restaurant inside is very decent with vegetarian menu.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Honganji temples, West and East, are located not far from Kyoto Station and are close to each other. They are among the few major temples in central Kyoto, rather than located along the mountains surrounding Kyoto. They are worth a visit although not extraordinary as are other iconic Kyoto cultural treasure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

About 20 minute walk from Kyoto Station, very big temple was restored in 2008, it's very big, the day we were there, met many Japanese folk attending a gathering, I presume this is an active Shrine for the local people, it's a free without fee to go in, since it's very big , not very crowded even with lots of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 29 November 2016

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 23 November 2016

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 20 November 2016

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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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 with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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