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Nishi Honganji

Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-371-5181
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Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-371-5181
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

This temple is huge and gorgeous, inside and out. I first visited at 6:00am for the morning prayer, and it was a beautiful service that gave me a lot of insight into both the Buddhist tradition and my own faith. I would recommend going, but...More

Thank MycroftHolmey
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

There are two honganji temples 10 minutes apart from each other, this is a bigger western one. Largest all wood structure in the world. Amazing craftsmanship of wood carving. You are greeted by a monk or a student who helps to guide you. Unlike many...More

1  Thank ldjs
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is a good 10 to 15 minute walk from Kyoto station and is a very worthwhile place to visit, along with its partner temple, the Higashi Honganji. The wooden buildings are huge and quite awesome.

Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Went in the evening for a special light show . Although you can visit during the day . Yet another impressive temple in Kyoto . Lots of people there for evening session . Good Japanese artwork inside . The lights were incredible - gave a...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

After visiting its sister temple, we went to this one which is actually the main one. Lots of staff were there to welcome people and give information and leaflets (they had them in many languages). This temple has amazing wooden constructions, beautiful hotels and hanging...More

Thank Koral88
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Just like it's brother Higashi, this temple is a must see. Free to public, huge, impressive buildings. You can even take photos in the main hall, which is usually forbidden in most temples. 10 min walk west of Hogashi, close to Kyoto station

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This temple is actually only a few minutes walk from Kyoto's main JR station, yet it's shocking to think so many people visiting Kyoto don't even know it's there because they get straight off the train and onto the metro toward Kawaramachi. This temple is...More

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

This large complex of Buddhist temples is not far from Kyoto station and is free to walk around. The whole place is designated a World Cultural Heritage site. Within the site is a shop, a reception department, an administration building and two very large conference...More

Thank Fleckney
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This was not on my preprepared list of musts and I went there only because I had time to fill in. I'm so glad I did. The famous gate is worth a visit alone but there is so much else to see. I was there...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We have seen many of these lovely temple doors in and around the Kansai region especially in Kyoto. Easy photo topics too; modern cities like Kyoto have a history many thousand years old.

Thank jop018
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
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