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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5.04 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.
4.0a month ago
It’s a very peaceful place to worship Buddha. A buddhist temple near Kyomizudera, another famous and very important one. In new year’s period , people come to pay respect and pray for a good start in 2020. There was no crowds in the templo, maybe for the closing time we went there. Anyway, it’s a must visit place in Kyoto.
4.02 weeks ago
Nice calm place. Really serene. Close to Kyoto station.
5.04 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.
5.0a month ago
Worth a visit - really interesting atmosphere and full of history. It was raining heavily (typhoon Hagibis was attacking Tokyo,) so it was a respite from the poor weather!
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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