Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple

Area Central
Category Temple / World Heritage


Nishi Hongan-ji Temple(Western Hongan-ji Temple), located on Horikawa St. west of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple(Eastan Hongan-ji Temple), is one of two temple complexes of Jodo Shinshu sect in Kyoto, the other being Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. today it serves as the headquarters of the Hongan-ji branch of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. Nishi Hongan-ji Temple was established in 1602 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. he split the main Hongan-ji in two, Nishi Hongan-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji, in order to diminish their power.



There are two gates at the eastern side of the precincts and this one is called Amidado-mon. It is a magnificent gate that is beautifully decorated.



Four little imps are supporting the stone rain barrel. They are somewhere in the precincts. Try to find them upon visit to Nishi Hongan-ji.

Address 60 Monzencho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 600-8358, Japan
Tel 075-351-1372
Open 6:00a.m. - 17:00p.m.(Jan and Feb)
5:30a.m. - 17:30p.m.(Mar and Apr)
5:30a.m. - 18:00p.m.(May - Aug)
5:30a.m. - 17:30p.m.(Sep and Oct)
6:00a.m. - 17:00p.m.(Nov and Dec)
The Hoshokan is opened between 9:00a.m. - 5:00pm
Admission free
Access City Bus Stop Nishi-hongan-ji-mae

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