Nishi Hongan-ji Temple

Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺 Nishi Hongan-ji) "Western Temple of the Original Vow" is one of two temple complexes of Jōdo Shinshū in Kyoto, Japan, the other being Higashi Honganji, or "Eastern Temple of the Original Vow". Jōdo Shinshū is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, and today Nishi Hongan-ji serves as

Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

Higashi Honganji (東本願寺 Higashi Hongan-ji), or, the Eastern Temple of the Original Vow, is one of two dominant sub-sects of Shin Buddhism in Japan and abroad, the other being Nishi Honganji (or, 'The Western Temple of the Original Vow'). It is also the name of the head temple in Kyoto,

Shoseien Garden

Shosei-en is a second residence of Higashi Hongan-ji, that originally was constructed as a retreat of the chief priest Sen'nyo (1602-1658). This place is also called Kikoku-tei (Trifoliate Orange Mansion) because it was surrounded by trifoliate orange trees. The garden is a Chisen-Kaiyu-Shiki teien (pond stroll garden) with buildings such as