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“A temple with real Buddhist monks chanting!”
Review of Nishi Honganji

Nishi Honganji
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Other temples I've been to are either silent or have a recording of monks chanting.
I'm not sure if today was special, but we were treated with a live "performance" of some chanting. For my gf and me, it has so far been a unique experience.
I think the east temple may have been a little more impressive, architecturally speaking, but I would hate to have to choose between them if I only had time for one. Go see them both in person; the pictures don't do them justice.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Easy to find just a few blocks from station and free. Impressive structure with, as noted by some previous, a fairly spiritual feel. As a westerner almost felt out of place as plenty of people there to worship but wasnt made to feel so (just remember the shoes rule). Havent seen a lot of the other sites but this was pretty good. Could be covered off quickly (less than 1 hour), but recommend just wandering a little more and soaking it all up.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

While there were a reasonable number of people at Nishi Honganji, they seemed to be there to worship mostly, not to sightsee. This gave it a very different atmosphere to some of the other temples I visited. The buildings are quite impressive, and the interiors are beautiful. While I was there, there was worship happening in one of the temples, and it was interesting to see the priests in action.

Nish Honganji is free, and very close to Kyoto Station, both added bonuses.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Two huge temples and various other fine buildings in the centre of Kyoto, and its free. Whats not to like.
We went a couple of times and watched what looked like confirmation ceremony's Very quite and serene atmosphere. Nice little cafe on site. This is religion is one that appeals.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

This site contains two very large temples, the Nishi and Higashi temples. The Nishi Temple is easy to locate and interesting to visit. (but make sure you take off your shoes!). The Higashi Temple is a short distance away and houses a large and imposing Temple (the largest wooden structure in Kyoto). When we visited the Higashi Temple was being renovated and we were not able to go inside. But the renovations were to have been completed by the end of 2012.
The Honganjhi Temples and gardens are smack in the middle of Kyoto just past the Kyoto Tower. Train travelers who make a stop at Kyoto Station can reach the temple by just walking a couple of blocks. We found the grounds nice, but they are not ordained with the typical lush and manicured gardens you will often find in Japan. However, there is a nice water feature (a moat) and shrub plantings along the outside of the temple grounds wall. A visit to the Honganjhi offers a nice respite from the very hectic Kyoto streets and sidewalks.

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