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Nishihonganji

Area

West




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Nishi Honganji, also known as Hompa-Honganji, is the head temple of the Honganji branch of the Jodo-Shin sect of Buddhism. It was Founded in 1272 by a daughter of Shinran the sect's founder.


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Nishi Honganji, also known as Hompa-Honganji, is the head temple of the Honganji branch of the Jodo-Shin sect of Buddhism. The name Hongaji means Temple of the Original Vow, referring to the vows of the Buddha Amida. Founded in 1272 by a daughter of Shinran the sect's founder. Destroyed in 1465 by warrior monks of the Tendai sect, Honganji relocated several times around Kyoto before being established in 1591 at its present site. The structures on the temple grounds exhibit the best of Momoyama-style architecture.The northern Noh stage is one of the oldest in Japan. In 1602 concerned that the sect was growing too strong the shogun gave a former abbot permission to open a new branch. Thus the main temple split into two schools: the Otani School (Higashi-Honganji Temple = East) and the Honganji School (Nishi-Honganji Temple = West). The Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺), like the Higashi Hongan-ji, features a huge Goei-do, (the founder's hall) and a smaller Amida-do (Buddha hall), housing an image of the Amida Buddha. The Nishi Hongan-ji's Kura, or storehouse, houses many National Treasures, most of which are not on view for the public. The shoin(書院), or study hall, is also quite famous; it is split into two sections, the shiroshoin(白書院), or white study hall, and the kuroshoin(黒書院), or black study hall. The Kuroshoin is never opened to the public, but the Shiroshoin opens twice a month.Nishi Hongan-ji also contains Hiunkaku (飛雲閣), a large tea pavilion, and two noh stages, one of which claims to be the oldest in existence, and the Kokei no Niwa (虎渓の庭) gardens.


Temples

Nishihonganji

Area

West

Open

5:30-6:00am to
5:00-6:00pm

Admission

free

Address

Hanayacho-sagaru Horikawa-dori Shimogyo-ku

Tel No.

+81-75-371-5181

URL

http://www2.hongwanji.or.jp/english


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