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
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 36.1km) Google Transit


5.05 months ago

The black and white theme of this temple is beautiful. The aesthetic of the temple is very different than others and you can really see the craftsmanship in this temple. It is a very large temple and one of the highlights is that you can sit inside the main room. It is a fairly big place so you'll spend a bit of time here exploring the grounds.

Other temples and shrines are just external viewing, but here, you can actually sit inside and enjoy the interior and the religious aspect of it. Don't be so nervous to enter, there are instructions to enter and what to do and not to do. All you need is to remember to take off your shoes and no food and snacks and your set.

5.0a month ago

I cannot explain what I feel when I saw this place, very big and beautiful , very peaceful you can pray solemnly 🙏

4.04 months ago

Very big temple. We have seen many people praying.
There is a library. We have seen very few tourists. Don't know why. But in my opinion. This is the best temple in Kyoto.

There was renovation work ongoing. Still it was open for praying.

Good place and accessible.

5.010 months ago

Nishi Hongan-ji is a Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist temple in the Shimogyō ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of two Jōdo Shinshū temple complexes in Kyoto, the other being Higashi Hongan-ji. Jōdo Shinshū is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, and today Nishi Hongan-ji serves as the head temple of the organization

4.0a year ago

A nice temple, free to enter! Looks amazing and gives you an feeling of how japan use to look

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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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