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Honen-in Temple

Name 法然院 / Honen-in Temple
Adress Shishigatani Goshonodancho30, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8422
Hours Open

Honen-in may be a place where you should expect something to feel instead of something to see. The independent Jodo-shu temple has no spectacular things but has refreshing and calm atmosphere. This small temple may look like a Zen Buddhist seminary though it’s not really a Zen temple.

If you visited famous Ginkaku-ji temple, it might be a good idea to walk several minutes and drop by the small temple.

Though the temple is open to the public throughout the year, the buildings of the temple are to be open to the public only twice a year, April 1 through 7 and November 1 to 7. Shoheki-ga paintings in Hojo building are painted by Kano Mitsunobu (1565-1608) and are national important cultural properties. Hojo is said to have been transferred from Momoyama Palace in Fushimi.


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