About Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is simply referred to as the Honganji temple, and is the Honzan of Jodo Shinshu Hongan-ji Temple sect. Nishi Honganji is a common name, the official name is Ryukoku mountain Hongan-ji. The name of the neighboring Ryukoku University seems to come from here, too. Nishi Hongan-ji temple is also called “Onishisan” from Kyoto citizens. It is said that it was in 1591 that it was built in the present place.
As well as the East Hongan-ji Temple, the site area is also large, huge and majestic main hall is very impressive. The ginkgo tree planted in the precincts is also majestic. In addition, since the Temple of East and West Honganji is not made up of tourist income, there is no admission fee.
When you come to Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, I think it is good to see the Kosho temple which is adjacent to the south together, too. On the day I took pictures, there was an exhibition of chrysanthemum flowers.
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple photos
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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada
60 Monzen-cho, Hanayacho-kudaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Usual viewing season
|Yellow leaves (Ginkgo biloba)
Mid November – Early December
From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station
When using the Hankyu Railway
From Shichijo Station, Keihan Railway
|Parking lot for worshippers available
Recommended places to visit in conjunction with
Kosho Temple is said to have Shinran built in Yamashiro country Yamashirogo in 1212. The temple is the head of the Kosho sect of Shinshu. The atmosphere of the building of the Kosho Temple is similar to the neighboring Nishi Hongan temple, but it is another temple.
Higashi Hongan-ji temple is the head temple of the Jodo-Shin Otani sect, and is a temple with a strong faith color unlike the so-called sightseeing temples in Kyoto.
The Kyoto Aquarium is a new topic in Hichijoumekoji Park, and it is very crowded with children and students every day. Because there is no sea in Kyoto City, this facility which can touch the living thing of the sea is valuable.