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Nishi Honganji

#29 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Horikawa-dori hanayamachi-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8358, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful and interesting. Lots to see.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tony B
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 during the induction of the new Head Abbott, which will go on until May 2017,... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This magnificent temple, again mainly timber construction, is of deep religious and cultural significance and well worth a visit.

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Warialda, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful to see. So many temples n shrines choose cafefully or it will become boring. This one was not boring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Even if you overlook all of the other preserved artifacts and architecture, go to see the gates. The intricate details and painting are a sight to behold and will leave a lasting impression.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

One of the two large temples in Kyoto. The structures look amazing from outside, but inside quite a disappointment, as they are almost empty.

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Northern Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

We popped in here because it's only a few streets away from Kyoto station. It's central in the city, so doesn't have the gardens and grounds that a lot of the more popular places do, but we were glad we stopped in. The temple buildings are huge and there was some sort of presentation ceremony going on in the grounds... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

When you see the beautiful and magnificent imposing entrance gate to this temple, you cannot fail to be impressed. It is an awe inspiring sight and incredibly preserved. The entire area was dedicated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1994. We were on a busy schedule that day so did not get too Long to explore the whole area.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

You can visit 西本願寺 and 東本願寺 together as they are very closed by. It is a 10 minutes walk. This is a free tourist point with beautiful buddha structures. Also it has free tour guide to walk you through some historical backgrounds. A huge plus!!! The restaurant inside is very decent with vegetarian menu.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The Honganji temples, West and East, are located not far from Kyoto Station and are close to each other. They are among the few major temples in central Kyoto, rather than located along the mountains surrounding Kyoto. They are worth a visit although not extraordinary as are other iconic Kyoto cultural treasure.

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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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