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Honno-ji Temple

Name 本能寺 / Honno-ji Temple
Adress Shimohonnojimaecho522, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8091
Hours Open
Admission Free

Honnō-ji (本能寺 Honnō-ji) is a temple of the Nichiren branch of Buddhism located in Kyoto, Japan. Its honzon is mandara-honzon (曼荼羅本尊) from Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō.

Honnō-ji is most famous for the Honnō-ji Incident. Oda Nobunaga lodged there before his invasion of the west. However on the morning of June 21, 1582, the traitorous forces of Akechi Mitsuhide surrounded the temple and set it on fire. Knowing there was no way out for him, Nobunaga committed seppuku along with his attendant Mori Ranmaru. Ranmaru’s brothers also perished at Honnō-ji.


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