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Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
Kyoto Top 8 in Important Religious Institution

4.5/5
290 Reviews
TempleUNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
Liked by 9
Open Open from 5:30am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2 hours
Address: Horikawa Hanaya Town, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone: +81-75-3715181

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Beautiful temple! Great architecture and awesome place to see if you are short on time. Located near the Kyoto Station.

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  • Safariholic
    Safariholic
    Epsom, Surrey, England
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    As Buddhist Temples go this is one for the record books

    Apart from being prohibited from taking Photos and having to take your shoes off on pain of ..... , the whole experiences was surreal The mystical inspiring properties were lost on me - I just dont...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596520542000+0800)/
  • TW893
    TW893
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Very impressive

    An outstanding temple with wide open spaces and, no so many visitors. Easy access and definitely worth an hours look. Large store adjoining fir souveniers and associated books, incense etc

    Reviewed on /Date(1582458071000+0800)/
  • GoGo2SlowGo
    GoGo2SlowGo
    Cedar Hill, Texas, USA
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    Massive Twin Temples - Another UNESCO site

    The Higashi Honganji Temple is located east of its “twin” named Nishi Honganji Temple. Higashi and Nishi temples were originally one extremely large temple. The shogun (general) Tokugawa Ieyasu split ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1582156835000+0800)/
  • 141mrf
    141mrf
    Taipei, Taiwan
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    A tranquil, mind-calming temple of architectural grandeur

    A 10-minute walk from the Kyoto JR station. The two main temple buildings were breath-taking: huge sizes; delicate wood framing on the ceiling (you gasp when imagining how those old carpenters could h...

    Reviewed on /Date(1581426724000+0800)/
  • DDCahyadi_ID
    DDCahyadi_ID
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    Beautiful Huge Gingko Tree in the area of The 2nd Biggest Wooden Structure/Building in Japan!

    It was very nice to enjoy the scenery that the old-huge Gingko tree in the middle of the temple area. In early December, we can see the tree in its full golden/yellowish leaves. Omoshirokatta desu!

    Reviewed on /Date(1577212607000+0800)/

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Introduction

Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is the main court of the Jodo Shinshu Hongan Temple School, and is a world cultural heritage site. It was called "Nishi Hongan-ji Temple" since 1272, when Shinran's daughter moved Shinran's body back to Dongshan Valley. There are five famous buildings in this temple, which is a classic model of ancient Japanese architecture. Every November, the ginkgo trees in the temple become very beautiful, making a walk through a path full of golden ginkgo leaves a quite romantic one.
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