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Honen-in, Kyoto

#42 of 688 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Explore the secluded woodland of Honen-in, a temple set in peaceful grounds. While the actual temple buildings open to the public only twice yearly (the first week in April, and the first week in November), you are always free to explore the calming surroundings, complete with raked gravel gardens and a tranquil carp pond. Be sure to check out the onsite gallery, which frequently exhibits national and international artists. Make Honen-in a centerpiece of your Kyoto vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.
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  • This temple is a little off the beaten path, and much less visited than other temples in Kyoto. I appreciated the peace and tranquility, and found the moss-covered thatched roof of the front gate to.....  more »
  • This is the second year trying to get the right photo, this Fall I made it. Approaching the temple, the gate with its thatched roof is highlight with the fall colors is worth the visit. The temple.....  more »
  • Tranquil temple. The garden is superb with nice Japanese bonsai
  • Loved this park, I was the only person there when I went and it feels somewhah mystical.
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