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Honen-in Temple法然院


This is a mountain temple of the Jodo Buddhist sect in Higashiyama, with a renovated thatched hut that was once used for six o’clock prayer by Honen priests and their followers. The road leading to the temple has white sand platforms on each side representing water, and by passing between them one’s mind and body can be purified. The garden with pond is particularly wonderful in the autumn season when changing leaves can be seen. The temple is full of special sights including Fusuma-e (painting on a sliding screen) by Kano Mitsunobu, and the grave of Tanizaki Junichiro only open during special time-limited events.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shishigatanigoshonodanchou 30

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Review of Honen-in

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/10/19 A place to spend eternity
Among the dozens of temples along the Philosopher’s Path this temple stands out for my own self, which is no self.
Everything is so well taken care.
The place I like the most is the cementery with...
Reviewed:2018/10/02 Quiet, out of the way temple
You can find this as you walk along the Philosopher's Path. It is a great during koyo viewing season but that is also when it gets crowded.
Reviewed:2018/08/12 Peaceful, free and tourist-free
This beautiful, simple temple and the lovely zen garden that surrounds it are well worth your time, much more so than Ginkaku-Ji temple (Silver pavilion) which was overcrowded and commercial. There...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shishigatanigoshonodanchou 30 [map]



open everyday
Free (during the period of Shonai special release, Admission fee of Shonai is Charge)
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