Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple


Higashi-Hongan-ji is the main temple of the Shinshu-Otani branch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
The temple was founded with support from Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1602 as a competitor to Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple after the Jodo Shinshu school was divided into Shinshu-Hongan-ji branch and Shinshu-Otani branch.
Even though the temple's official name is "Shinshu-Honbyo", the nickname "Higashi-Hongan-ji (Eastern Hongan-ji)" is far more popular because of the fact that the temple is located on the east side of Nishi-Hongan-ji (Western Hongan-ji).

The temple's Goei-do Hall, which was reconstructed in 1895, is said to be one of the largest wooden structures in the world (38 meters high, 76 meters long and 58 meters wide).
A curious item on display is a tremendous coil of black rope, made from linen and human hair donated by female believers.
The rope was used to haul the timber for the reconstruction of Goei-do Hall and adjoining Amida-do Hall.

Opening Hours

  • 5:50 - 17:30 (March - October)
  • 6:20 - 16:30 (November - February)


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

  • 7 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station

Address / Location

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