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Nishi Honganji, Kyoto

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Designated as a World Heritage Site, Nishi Honganji represents a temple complex where visitors are able to experience contemporary Japanese Buddhism and take a glimpse into Japan's distant past. Founded in the 16th century, the temple remains one of the largest wooden structures in the world, featuring an impressive main gait and a roof made of bark shingles. The temple displays surviving pieces of architecture from the early Edo and Azuchi-Momoyama periods. Put Nishi Honganji at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto sightseeing planner.
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  • This is about 15 minutes north west of Kyoto station. It is a must see if you are in Kyoto. It is right in front of the Ryukoku museum. Intricate carvings adorn the walls. It is very tranquil and not ...  more »
  • The main mountain of the Jodo Shinsect Honganji sect where Mr. Shinran is the founder. It takes about ten minutes on foot from Kyoto Station. Amidado is said to be under restoration until 2022. When I went there, I put it in the hall, but the interior was separated by cloth.
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  • Immense. Right in the heart of the city, near the station. Not very busy. Easy to explore at your own pace. Should take off shoes before stepping onto the wooden stairs.
  • This is one of the biggest temple in Japan, and it is pretty close to Kyoto station. Don't miss the Main Hall, the Daisho-in Hall and the majestic Karamon gate with beautiful carvings. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and not to be missed!
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