Nishi Honganji
Nishi Honganji
4.5
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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4.5
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK513 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
A gorgeous temple complex near Kyoto train station. Look out for the huge Ginkgo tree in the courtyard. I loved the lamps inside the temple halls. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 October 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Mar 2023
Nishi Hongwan-ji is a must-stop destination in Kyoto! The magnificent gingko tree and stunning interior hall with its amazing lamps are simply awe-inspiring. The Karamon gate is a true work of art, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the beauty and cultural significance of Nishi Hongwan-ji, a captivating and enriching place to visit in Kyoto.
Written 22 July 2023
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Barry C
Sleaford, UK503 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We came to see this temple after
visiting the Higashi Hongonji.

There were rather a lot of tents,
which rather spoiled the ancient
ambience of the complex; also
making photography more
difficult.

There are a number of beautiful
wooden structures and an
absolutely magnificent gingko
tree - the largest I have ever seen
in Japan.

This western temple and its eastern
counterpart are both free entry and
close together, ideal for a combined
visit.
Written 28 April 2023
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Crofton M
Airlie Beach, Australia2,051 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is a large Shinto complex. Not really touristy but impressive for its large halls and infrastructure
Written 26 March 2023
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Elaine C
Burke, VA42 contributions
Jan 2023
The scale of this complex is huge and the buildings exist in their original forms. The history of the sect is the most interesting thing here, and I highly recommend a tour led by one of the followers. You will learn so much about the building, construction, repair, maintenance, and absolute soap opera of a history lesson about everything the sect did and went through.
Written 23 February 2023
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tsai2009
Orange County, CA501 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Nishi Honganji temple admission is free. Sits in the heart of Kyoto.
It is also famous for its ginkgo trees, very big and well trimmed. Lots people enjoy watching them as much as the temple there. So did we.
Written 29 December 2022
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,996 contributions
Oct 2019
Apart from being prohibited from taking Photos and having to take your shoes off on pain of ..... , the whole experiences was surreal

The mystical inspiring properties were lost on me - I just dont get Relegions & Deities and all that stuff, So, for me, it was an architecural interest, and at that it is frankly a marvel, considering it dates back to 1500s (500+ yrs old). Most impressive.

Definitely worth an hour of your time - even if you're a Philistines like me.
Written 4 August 2020
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WalkingPoint
Kumamoto, Japan401 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
An outstanding temple with wide open spaces and, no so many visitors. Easy access and definitely worth an hours look.
Large store adjoining fir souveniers and associated books, incense etc
Written 23 February 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,537 contributions
Apr 2019
The Higashi Honganji Temple is located east of its “twin” named Nishi Honganji Temple. Higashi and Nishi temples were originally one extremely large temple. The shogun (general) Tokugawa Ieyasu split them into east (higashi) and west (nishi) sects because he was afraid the temple's political power would grow too great.
The Higashi Honganji Temple was constructed in 1602, 11 years after its Nishi counterpart. Each temple has its own highlights and interesting features. Similar to Nishi Honganji Temple, Higashi Honganji Temple has two very large halls. The slightly larger one, Goeido Hall, is the largest wooden structure in Kyoto.
Written 20 February 2020
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141mrf
Taipei, Taiwan53 contributions
Aug 2019
A 10-minute walk from the Kyoto JR station. The two main temple buildings were breath-taking: huge sizes; delicate wood framing on the ceiling (you gasp when imagining how those old carpenters could have done such a complicated work); the solemnly dark wood reflecting a calming charm that makes you like to sit down on its doorsteps and doing the worry-emptying musing.
As the temperature of Kyoto in summer usually goes very high, they set an air-conditioned resting pavilion near the main entrance, with toilets and cold soft drinks vending machines, so don't worry if you are afraid the the hot weather might make your walk very sweaty.
Written 11 February 2020
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