Nishi Honganji Temple

Sightseeing information about Nishi Honganji Temple in Japan.

World Heritage: Nishi Honganji Temple4.3

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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
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5.0a month 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.

5.02 months ago

Very impressive 400-year-old buddhist temple within walking distance from Kyoto station. A photo does not do it justice.

You must remove your shoes to enter the building.

And stay for the service if you can. It's quite interesting.

5.07 months ago

This is supposed to be the largest wooden temple complex based on our guide. Its size is stunning. And it's just as beautiful.
Thanks to having a guide we were able to see the interior and the gongs that were there. Its picturesque starting right from the ornate entrance.
We went here again after going for a kimono dressing to take pictures.

5.0a month ago

Nishi Hongan-ji is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect of Buddhism. It is believed that this temple originated with the construction of the mausoleum that contained the grave of the high priest Shinran, who was the founder of this temple. Nishi Honganji (West Honganji) was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, after the sect's former head temple, Ishiyama Honganji in Osaka had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga due to the temple's interference in politics. Nishi Honganji is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect with over 10,000 sub-temples across the country and 200 temples overseas.

Nishi Honganji's two largest structures are the Goeido Hall, dedicated to Shinran, the sect's founder, and the Amidao Hall dedicated to the Amida Buddha, the most important Buddha in Jodo-Shin Buddhism. The temple also displays some surviving masterpieces of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama Period and early Edo Period, including the celebrated Hiunkaku Pavilion. Nishi Honganji is designated an UNESCO world heritage site.

5.02 months ago

Very impressive and imposant wooden temples. Note that one of the gate of the complex and the Buddha of the two temples as well as their section are close until 2022

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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.

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