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Nishi-Honganji temple

Nishi-Honganji templeNishi-Honganji is a Buddhist temple located about 1 km northwest of Kyoto station.
The east side faces Horikawa Street, and it is to the north of Shichijo Street.
(The temple itself uses the spelling of "Nishi Hongwanji".)

High priest Shinran (1173-1263) was the founder of Jodo Shinshu, a school of Pure Land Buddhism.
It is said that his youngest daughter was built a temple in 1272 after his death.
After that, the temple was moved from place to place.

In 1591, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who unified Japan after the age of provincial wars, moved the temple to the current place.
In the precincts, there are many buildings built around the 17th century.
Some of them are designated as national treasures, and many of the others are also designated as national important cultural properties.
And this temple is one of 17 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" designated as a World Heritage Site.

Nishi-Honganji is the head temple of Honganji sect in Jodo Shinshu, and there are more than 10 thousand temples of Honganji sect all over Japan.

Nishi Hongwanji official website

How to get to here

By route bus

About 6 minutes from Kyoto station, by bus with route No. 9, 28 or 75.




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