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[Nishi-Hongwanji Temple]

With breathtaking majestic halls, the gorgeous karamon gate, and a tower, this famous temple has many highlights

The head temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect's Hongwanji school, Nishi-Hongwanji Temple was founded by Shinran Shonin during the mid-Kamakura period. Goeido (Founder's Hall) and Amidado (Hall of Amida Buddha) are famous for their dignified appearance. A statue of Shinran Shonin is enshrined in the former, and one of Amida Buddha is enshrined in the latter. Toyotomi Hideyoshi donated the current site in 1591, and the temple has stood there ever since. Karamon gate*, a signature piece of architecture representing the Momoyama culture, is said to be part of what was once Fushimi Castle. It is also called "Higurashimon" ("All-day Gate"), because its appearance is so gorgeous you could lose all track of time and end up gazing at it all day. The great ginkgo tree in front of the Goeido is called "The Upside-down Ginkgo". It turns a vivid yellow in autumn, and has been designated as a natural monument. The temple has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
* Repair work is scheduled to be carried out on Karamon gate from June 2018 to March 2022.
Address Hanayamachi-Kudaru, Horikawadori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone +81-75-371-5181 (Japanese only)
Hours 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays Open every day
Admission fee Temple grounds are free to enter.
Access Approx. 15 minutes walk from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.

updated on Sep 30, 2019

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