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Living Buddhism
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Visitors to Kyoto quickly realize how crowded the city’s famous temples are. This tour is unique in offering the opportunity to visit a major yet quiet, uncrowded Buddhist temple complex, featuring the largest wooden building in the world. The temple is popularly known as Higashi Honganji and is located within easy walking distance of Kyoto Station. Your guide, a twenty-five year resident of Japan, is American-born Buddhist priest and scholar Rev. Dr. Brian Victoria. Dr. Victoria will introduce you to the fascinating history of this temple together with the doctrines and iconography of the True Pure Land sect of Buddhism with which it is affiliated. Following your visit to Higashi Honganji, the tour moves to nearby Shosei-en, a large, temple-affiliated, traditional Japanese garden, complete with ponds and tea houses. Dr. Victoria will explain the history of Japanese gardens and tea houses as well as answer any questions you may have about Buddhist beliefs and practices in general.
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
This tour offers a unique opportunity to visit a quiet, uncrowded, major Buddhist temple complex, popularly known as Higashi Honganji, located within easy walking distance of Kyoto Station. Your guide, a twenty-five year resident of Japan, is American-born Buddhist priest and scholar Rev. Dr. Brian Victoria. Dr. Victoria will introduce you to the fascinating history of this temple together with the doctrines and iconography of the True Pure Land sect of Buddhism with which it is affiliated. Higashi Honganji has no entrance fee since it remains what it has been for more than four centuries, a place of pilgrimage for practicing Buddhists from throughout Japan.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 117408P1
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Important information
Inclusions
Tour Guide
Exclusions
500 yen entrance fee to Shosei-en Garden
Duration
3h
Departure details
Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokōjichō, 901番地, Kyoto Station Building, 内 The lobby of the Hotel Granvia is located on the second floor of Kyoto Station.
Unnamed Road, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan This temple is a five minute walk north of Kyoto Station.
Inclusions
Tour Guide
Exclusions
500 yen entrance fee to Shosei-en Garden
Departure details
Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokōjichō, 901番地, Kyoto Station Building, 内 The lobby of the Hotel Granvia is located on the second floor of Kyoto Station.
Unnamed Road, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan This temple is a five minute walk north of Kyoto Station.
Duration
3h
Return details
Unnamed Road, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan This temple is a five minute walk north of Kyoto Station.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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