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Higashi-Honganji temple

Higashi-Honganji templeHigashi-Honganji is a Buddhist temple located about 0.7 km northof Kyoto station.
The east side faces Karasuma Street, and it is to the north of Shichijo Street.

This is the temple of Jodo Shinshu, a school of Pure Land Buddhism, founded by High priest Shinran (1173-1263).
In the late 16th century, many warlords in Japan had fought desperately to dominate the county.
So the believers of Jodo Shinshu had split into two groups which supported the opponent warlords each other.

After the end of the period of Civil War, Ieyasu Tokugawa was founded Edo government in 1603.
But the internal division of Honganji was continuing.
Ieyasu divided Honganji into two temples in that year. One is Nishi-Honganji and the other is Higashi-Honganji.
Since that, the temples has been as the different sects of Jodo Shinshu.
Now the formal sect name of Higashi-Honganji is "Shinshu Otani-ha".
(The sect name of Nishi-Honganji is "Honganji-ha".)

The buildings in the precincts were destroyed by fire several times and were rebuilt each time.
The current buildings were rebuilt from the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century.
Goeido temple rebuilt in 1895 has the seated statue of Shinran. (Under restoration since 2004)
Goeido Gate is a great one rebuilt in 1911.
Amidado temple rebuilt in 1895 has the statue of Amida Buddha.

How to get to here

On foot

About 5 minutes walk from Kyoto station.




Higashi-Honganji Goeido Gate facing Karasuma Street
Goeido Gate Amidado temple



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