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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5.02 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.
4.0a month 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.
5.07 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
4.011 months ago
A nice temple, free to enter! Looks amazing and gives you an feeling of how japan use to look
4.0a year 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.
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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