World Heritage: Nishi Honganji Temple4.3
Nishi Honganji Temple was erected in the late 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified the country, and features some of the finest architectures from the sumptuous Momoyama period. The dazzling Karamon Gate has colorful ornamental carvings, and the majestic Goeido Hall is dedicated to Shinran, the founder of a sect the temple belongs to. You will be greeted with the 400-year-old, huge gingko trees at the entrance area.
As this is the head temple of a Buddhist sect that has over 10,000 subtemples across the country, you will see more of worshippers than sightseers in the compound. It has a serene atmosphere and you will walk in socked feet on tatami mats in the buildings. Admission is free and photography is allowed. It is a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station.
Purposeeasily accessible,elderly,world heritage,family,knows a lot about Japan,autumn foliage,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 36.1km) Google Transit
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5.03 weeks ago
The place is amazing, I don't regret that I spent time on this Temple. As history teacher I add 5 stars.
5.04 months ago
What can I just say? Very peaceful and spectacular, and also easy to reach, like at most 15 mins by walking from Kyoto station.
3.03 months ago
Not a bad temple but once you have seen the rest in Kyoto it's only okay in my opinion
4.011 months ago
Beautiful Japanese temple.
Both exterior and interior are spectacular, everything is very rich in detail.
Also the atmosphere of this place is relaxing.
5.011 months ago
This lovely UNESCO World Heritage site was literally behind the apartment I stayed in Kyoto and its haunting bell peals is heard every morning to signal the start of a new day!
And a major plus is that unlike the hoards at other UNESCO sites like Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizu-dera and Arashiyama, it is practically free of tourists and is perfect for a calm getaway from the stifling crowds of its more famous cousins!
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Nishi Honganji or West Main Grand Temple has been desgnated as World Heritage Site and attract many turists since it is very near from Kyoto Station.
Nishi Honganji or West Main Grand Temple has been desgnated as World Heritage Site and attract many turists since it is very near from Kyoto Station.Read moreClose