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Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

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烏丸通七条上る Tokiwacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8505, Japan

Serene Buddhist temple complex with a 76m-long hall, one of the largest wood buildings in the world.

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Mondays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

Tuesdays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

Wednesdays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursdays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

Fridays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturdays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

Sundays: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM

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LeWayne Ballard a month ago

Very impressive temple located just a few blocks from Kyoto Station. One of the larger temples in the Kyoto area. You're able to walk the grounds during the day, but also looks nice when lit up at night. It's also impressive how Kyoto Tower overlooks it when heading back to the train station.

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Kojin_Wolf a month ago

The temple is huge! The wood and stone carvings to create the shape of the place here is something else. You can enter for free and go inside without your shoes. Inside is decorated with tatami flooring and decorated with gold ornaments and various religious things. Well worth taking time to look around

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liu yijie 2 months ago

Must-visit when in Kyoto. Large temple compound which was serene and tranquil. Many devotees were here to worship too. Even if you have no clue about Buddhism, there is a helpful museum exhibit within the temple compound that explains the history and influence through the years. You can also marvel at the carvings and architecture that went into the design of the temple (also explained at the exhibits).

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Shirin Montebare 3 months ago

This temple is an absolute gem, offering not only historical and architectural allure but also the opportunity to sit inside the grand halls for meditation or to soak in the spiritual ambiance around the majestic altars. As a fully operational temple that attracts tourists, it features an attached auditorium and a gallery or museum detailing the history of its founder. Additionally, monks and laypeople actively participate in sermons within the halls, and you might even have the fortune to witness these insightful sessions. They don't do handwritten goushin.

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Adrian M 4 months ago

A totally worthwhile temple to visit for not only its historical and architectural attraction, but you are able to sit inside the grand halls and meditate or otherwise appreciate the grand altars and spiritual energy. Being a fully operating rather tourist busy temple, they have an attached auditorium and a gallery or museum which includes the history of the founder, and monks and lay people actively conduct and attend sermons in the halls that you may be lucky enough to be present for.