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Nishi Hongan-ji Temple

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Ranked No. 8 in Kyoto Important Religious Institutions
TempleUNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Open Open from 5:30am-5:00pm
Recommended sightseeing time: 2 hours
Address: Horikawa Hanaya Town, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone: +81-75-3715181

What travelers say:

The West Hongan Temple is the largest mountain of the original temple of the Pure Land Shinshu sect opposite to the East Hongan Temple. The West Hongan Temple is the second largest wooden building group in Japan, preserving buildings built from the 16-18 century and attractive scenic gardens. Inside the courtyard, the imperial shadow hall, the Amita hall, the majesty of the grand, overwhelming. Fushimi castle remains the building Tangmen, Japan's oldest North Noh stage, white Shoin, black Shoin, Feiyunkaku and other buildings to the present people to tell the gorgeous Momoyama culture.

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Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is the main court of the Jodo Shinshu Hongan Temple School, and is a world cultural heritage site. It was called "Nishi Hongan-ji Temple" since 1272, when Shinran's daughter moved Shinran's body back to Dongshan Valley. There are five famous buildings in this temple, which is a classic model of ancient Japanese architecture. Every November, the ginkgo trees in the temple become very beautiful, making a walk through a path full of golden ginkgo leaves a quite romantic one.
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