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Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple

InformationInformation

Hongan-ji Temple was originally established in Higashiyama as a mausoleum for Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. The temple was moved to the current location by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1591 as a new headquarters for the Jodo Shinshu. In 1602, Higashi-Hongan-ji (East Hongan-ji) Temple was established with support from Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the original Hongan-ji then became known as Nishi-Hongan-ji (West Hongan-ji) even though the temple's official name is still Hongan-ji. Today, Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple functions as the main temple of the Shinshu-Hongan-ji branch of Jodo Shinshu school.
The buildings of Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple feature some of the best examples of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573 - 1603). The temple's Kara-mon Gate, Kita Noh stage, Shoin, Kuro-Shoin, and three-story Hiun-kaku are all designated as National Treasures of Japan. The Kita Noh stage, constructed in 1581, is the oldest existing Noh stage.
Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple was registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 5:30 - 17:30
  • 5:30 - 18:00 (May - August)
  • 6:00 - 17:00 (November - February)

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • Monzencho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8358

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