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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hi, we were waiting for a bus transfer and wandered round corner to this temple Higashi Honganji and what a beautiful find, so impressive and so peaceful...really worth a visit and it’s free....

Thank Marty3118
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the Kyoto station, it's a short walk north to a free temple with multiple buildings including an art gallery. You can't take pictures inside the Temple buildings. The Goei-di Hall is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world.

Thank 667maryanns
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The buildings are magnificent, with elegant proportions and intricate ornamentation. And all wood! Look at the size of the timbers!

Take your time to look at the details closely, and appreciate how the almost monochromal effect lends the complex a solemnity befitting its status.

The expansive courtyard -- and relatively few visitors -- give the place a serenity that is best enjoyed at leisure.

The area open to the pubic is only a small section of the overall site. It's still a practising temple, I suppose the closed sections are for monks, etc, but I was a bit disappointed in not being able to see all there was.

Wear shoes that are easy to take off and put on again.

Higashi Hongji is just 300m north of Kyoto railway station with its entrance facing Karasuma Avenue. Alternatively, take the metro to Gojo metro station and walk south 200m. Admission was free.

Thank Alex W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found this temple purely by accident. I happened to just be walking by it while on my way to Kyoto Train station. I am very glad that I did stop and go in as it is both very impressive in terms of size, design, and it's atmosphere (all black wood. It was a very good experience to walk around inside on the wooden floors without shoes, and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. One of the many treasures of Kyoto.

Thank Allan L
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Located just 10 min walk from Kyoto Station, this wooden temple is so huge and beautiful you won't ever want to miss. It is free to enter, expect to spend around 40 - 90 min inside the temple. There are people praying inside the prayer hall. You cannot take pics inside the hall. You also need to put your shoes inside a plastic bag and carry them around. Worth for a visit.

Thank BillNabilah
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Nishi and Higashi Honganji are temple complexes near kyoto station and recently beautifully renovated. The temples are impressive (the biggest in Kyoto) and deserve a visit. The visit won’t take very long compare to other temples as there aren’t too many details to explore.

Thank Jamin_lk
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

Just like Nishi Honganji it’s impressively big, I especially liked the main gate. It’s a short walk from Kyoto Station to the temple. It’s also worth visiting the garden, Shosei-en, which is a short walk to the east.

Thank jolav12
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

Walk straight out of Kyoto station main entrance and across the main street , straight ahead about 10-15 min walk and you will come to the large temple complex and grounds, Huge impressive Chinese style gate ,lets you into the large open courtyard and the massive and very architecturally designed main temple/shrine , there are other buildings around the temple grounds , but the main temple/shrine is quite an impressive building, shes off as in virtually all temple/shrines if you want to go inside ,the large and colourful worship hall , the hall of the Amida Buddha . Love the dragon water feature in front of the temple , well worth a look .

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Higashi Honganji is must see temple. lovely architect which is very close to Kyoto Station and Yodobashi.

Thank Aimée-Linh M
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