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 months ago
This is the headquarters of one of Japan’s larger Buddhist sects. Worlds largest wooden structure, and it is constructed with the precision n detail of a piece of furniture (as are most all of the traditional houses n temples n shrines in Japan).
It’s open to anyone, free, and the main temple is also open to anyone, but please be polite and follow the rules and customs when you go in the main temple hall. Don’t know the rules n customs? I don’t either, but just watch n wait for a while and then do the Monkey See Monkey Do.
Amazing detail in decoration and construction. See pic. The office building (lobby) is air conditioned and has free toilets.
5.02 months ago
Nishi Honganji , the largest buddhism sect , among buddhism groups has a lot of branch temples and followers or believers in Japan .
This giant temple is called onishisan or nishi which means west in English . Also , I have been to Hidaka betsuin in Wakayama prefecture before .
4.03 months ago
A nice temple, free to enter! Looks amazing and gives you an feeling of how japan use to look
4.04 months ago
Nice calm place. Really serene. Close to Kyoto station.
5.08 months ago
Only half of the area is accessible for public, but still worth visiting.
The huge temple buildings with impressive interiors invite you to sit down and just enjoy for some minutes.
If you’re lucky you can witness a ceremony as well.
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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