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Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
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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

Thank Dushi-NY
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.

Thank SkiBikeNorthwest
Reviewed 16 May 2018

This temple lies slightly N.W. of Kyoto station and only a 15 minutes walk away. This is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect ( true pure land sect ), one of the largest Buddhist sects wth over 10.000 subtemples across...More

Thank roboesGistel
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Honganji is the mother temple and headquarters of Jodo Shinshu (The True Essence of Pure Land Buddhist Teaching). I've been to many temples and shrines but I can say that this temple is one of the biggest. The size of the halls : Amidado and...More

Thank petrobich
Reviewed 26 March 2018

We came by this temple by accident and was truly impressed by its massive main building and highly decorated entrance. Worth spending a little time if you are interested in temples.

Thank Thanneer
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Although many temples/shrines in Kyoto are similar most are different if you take the time to look, this is one of them.

Thank Trish W
Reviewed 12 March 2018

This Buddhist Temple is a Unesco World Heritage site and yet it does not seem to be very popular with the tourists ! Maybe it is because there are 16 other Unesco sites in Kyoto or because they mix it with the Higashi Honganji in...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

A beautiful Buddhist Temple complex - do ask if there is an English speaking guide available as it makes such a difference to the visit and several of the priests (men and women) there speak very good English and are only too happy to welcome...More

Thank David_London8
Reviewed 14 January 2018

It was drizzling when I visited Nishi- Honganji and Higashi Honganji, it was quiet with not many people and misty inside, very ethereal. There was a Bonsai and Crysanthemum display that had the best examples of both that I have ever seen.The vast hall is...More

Thank Tasro
Reviewed 7 January 2018

This is definitely worth a visit . Although not as large or famous as Higashi Honganji , it is also good . And , just a short walk from Higashi Honganji . That is , both are near Kyoto Station .

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competitive location for ever-new commercial
structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and
trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains.
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