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Higashi Honganji

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754 Tokiwacho, Karasumadori Shichijo-agaru, Kyoto 600-8167, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews wooden structure kyoto station main hall founder's hall human hair huge temple prayer hall amida buddha open courtyard few minutes walk temple compound wear shoes small section wash your hands whole complex beautiful architecture free entry
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The temple buildings are all made of wood. You can go inside if you remove your shoes. The buildings are beautiful and it is not far from Kyoto main train station.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank B T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a Buddhist, so this conflicted a bit with my beliefs. I did not go inside the temple itself, just the courtyard and along the outside "decks". However, I could still appreciate the architecture of this temple and the beautiful woodwork it took to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank WalkintheClouds
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a massive shrine (and still in use) so you can look inside - it’s stunning! Obvs no photos but a very impressive set of buildings. Location is good - a 10 min walk from Kyoto train station.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dylan914
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive architecture and a place for morning meditation. Yes, it is allowed to meditate with a local buddhist and monks. The morning pray starts at 6.00. And it is one the things you must to feel in Japan.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ponuponas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located close to the main railway station in Kyoto, the buildings in this compound are quite impressive. Allegedly these are some of the biggest wooden structures globally, housing a Buddha statue (Amida) and various minor structures. Well worth a visit, the dragon well is also...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank FrankNamibia
Reviewed February 2, 2019

This huge temple is beautiful.It is very close to Kyoto station so if you have limited time make sure you pop in for a stroll.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2019 via mobile

Wow this place is huge. Not over crowded with tourists either! Several signs about inside telling you some of the history of one of the largest if not the largest wooden structure created. Lifts the spirits to visit and feel the calmness. Easy walk from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank wannagoodbed
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

Only a few hundred metres from the railway station and businesses this temple was almost deserted in a quiet the middle of the day - it gave you time to appreciate the architecture and craftsmanship of its construction

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank investigator2
Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Higashi Hinganji is the head temple of Shinshu Otani sect. It’s a walking distance from Kyoto Station. The main building is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world and free to enter for meditation. There are series of religious buildings in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank NYLON_nomad
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed strolling round this huge complex as it was very quiet. Free entry. No Goshuin but the information centre had free stamps for your non-temple notebook. Human hair rope is on the walkway between the two main halls.

Date of experience: November 2018
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