Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple is a Pure Land Buddhist paradise within walking distance of Kyoto Station. It’s one of the best sights in the Kyoto Station area.
Nishi Hongan-ji temple
A slightly more subdued version of its nearby neighbor, Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, this temple serves as the headquarters of the Hongan-ji Branch of the Jodo (Pure Land) School of Buddhism. Check out the enormous Goei-do Main Hall, the Daisho-in Hall and the fabulous carvings of the Kara-mon Gate. Since the temple is a little further from the station than Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, it receives fewer visitors and it’s a more peaceful place for a stroll and a contemplative break.
Horikawa-dori, Hanaya-cho sagaru, Shimogyo-ku
5.30am-5.30pm March, April, September, October
Non-smoking area: Yes
15min walk from JR Kyoto Station Karasuma central gate
Official Website (English)
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