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Honen-in

30 Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8422, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-2420
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30 Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8422, Kyoto Prefecture
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"philosopher's path"
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"philosophers walk"
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"thatched roof"
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"quiet temple"
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"stone steps"
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"ginkakuji temple"
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"great temple"
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"pleasant walk"
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"early in the morning"
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"philosophy"
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"gate"
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"graveyard"
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"trees"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple is really close to the Philosopher’s Walk and it’s wirth the stop. First of all is free and it’s really beatiful. Beign so close to the forest gives the temple an exotic look as if the nature wanted to conquer it. It’s peaceful...More

Thank Esther G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peaceful and lush. There just so happened to be a calligraphy showcase when I was there which was amazing. For any literature buffs this is also the resting place for Tanizaki Junichirou.

Thank mxdeng
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We combined the visit to Honen-in Temple with a walk down the Philosophers Walk. Japan has so many big & bold temples - but this natural, Moss-covered temple in peaceful grounds was my favourite.

Thank Susan T
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

I wouldn't say it's the best temple. I do like the peace and calm if a nice shady miss garden. All gardens I think are subjective. Do you like the popular ones then you have crowds. If you visit the less popular ones they will...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Visited this buddhist temple which is 6 mins walk from Philospher's Path. Really serene and nice and not crowded with tourists. Love the old feel of this place.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

The long elegant tree covered wide walkway up to the temple puts you in a relaxing mood. Once inside the grounds there are some unique features to see. And there is usually some type of art exhibit with items for sale, also. The last 2...More

Thank laurelee36
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

This temple has to be one of my absolute favourites in Kyoto. I make a point of visiting every time I walk the Tetsugaku no Michi, the Philosopher's Path, on my way from Ginkakuji to eastern Kyoto. It is a short walk away from the...More

Thank brixtontrev
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Honen-in is a small, quiet temple that makes a good diversion along the Philosopher's Path. It is cool and mossy with a small pond and intriguing raised dry garden.

Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

Walked here from Kinkakuji...it's ok, I guess...honestly, the fact that I can't even write much in a poor review should tell you everything you need to know...it's atmospheric and quiet but I can't give any reason why you'd want to spend precious time here.

Thank Alexander H
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

Honen, it was the first time visit this place. this placein 30 Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, is a quiet temple near the road of philosophy. It flows is when you slow. While walking in the temple, to talk with my in the mind is recommended.

Thank DimasLaksani
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Tracy T
February 19, 2018|
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Response from DimasLaksani | Reviewed this property |
this place is opened from 6am-4pm
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laineylains
September 9, 2017|
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Response from ShadowBijou | Reviewed this property |
Only the temple grounds are open to the public (except during rare special occasions when the main hall is opened up for a fee) so you won't need to set aside anything more than an hour here.
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