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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5.0in the last week
A gorgeous testament to Japan's majesty. The grounds were kept immaculate, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
3.02 months ago
No 御朱印? Well OK then. Pretty disappointing experience, everything interesting under renovation and no seal. Cool but definitely not a good time to go.
5.0a week ago
This Temple is close to Kyoto Station,and is very beautiful in its architecture..definately worth a visit if you're in Kyoto.!
5.02 months ago
Immense. Right in the heart of the city, near the station. Not very busy. Easy to explore at your own pace. Should take off shoes before stepping onto the wooden stairs.
5.02 months ago
This is one of the biggest temple in Japan, and it is pretty close to Kyoto station. Don't miss the Main Hall, the Daisho-in Hall and the majestic Karamon gate with beautiful carvings. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and not to be missed!
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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