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  • Address: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


Nishi Hongan-ji Tours

While many of Kyoto’s temples provide insight into ancient Japanese Buddhist history, few showcase contemporary movements. That’s what makes Nishi Hongan-ji unique. Built in the late 16th-century, the temple remains today an important landmark for modern Japanese Buddhism. Located in the center of Kyoto, the large temple and its sibling-temple, Higashi Hongan-ji, represent two factions of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism.

The three main attractions on the temple grounds include Goeido Hall, Amidado Hall, and the temple gardens. Goeido Hall is dedicated to the sect’s founder, and Amidado Hall to the Amida Buddha – the most important Buddha in Jodo-Shin Buddhism. Cultural treasures, including surviving masterpieces of architecture, are displayed in these main halls. The Temple garden is known as a “dry” garden, utilizing stones, white sand, trees, and plants to symbolize elements of nature such as mountains, rivers, and the ocean.

Practical Info

The temple can be reached on foot from Kyoto Station within 10-15 minutes. One of the main halls of the temple, Amida Hall, is undergoing renovations until 2015. Scaffolding covers the structure. Nishi Hongan-ji is open during daylight hours year-round, and there is no entrance fee.

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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

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Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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