Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Founder's Hall (Goei-do)

Higashi-Honganji Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan

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In the heart of Kyoto, a walking distance from Kyoto Train Station you can find Higashi-Honganji Temple. A Buddhist temple that is very beautiful, enormous in size and available to you free of charge. Certainly, a must-visit place when traveling Kyoto, Japan.

On the picture, we can see the Founder’s Hall (Goei-do). The most important place in the complex, which is also one of the largest wooden structures in the world, 76 meters long.

You can read about the Founder’s Hall and Shin Buddhism on the temple website. Just one more interesting thing about the Temple I want to share with you is the fact that 175,000 tiles were used to build the Temple’s roof, all handmade and donated by followers in Mikawa (Aichi prefecture).

If you’re visiting Kyoto and staying around the city centre, you can easily visit the Temple as it should be a walking distance away, and it’s one of the places that is free of charge.

I was staying in the hostel just a couple blocks away from the Temple, and that’s how I have found it. Otherwise, it wasn’t mentioned on many tourist websites. But personally, I considered it as a “hidden” gem, so glad I found. It’s a beautiful place, and it’s not packed with tourists.

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Luke Lawreszuk



Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Founder's Hall (Goei-do)

one of the largest wooden structures in the world, Higashi Honganji Temple, beautiful two-roof like structure in Kyoto, Japan.


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