Honpo-ji Temple’s beautiful garden takes on a completely new look at night during this illumination event
Honpo-ji Temple is a temple with a long history just a 10-minute walk away from subway Kuramaguchi Station. The temple itself was founded in the Muromachi period of Japan, in 1432. The temple is most famous for the huge Buddha Nirvana Picture it houses and the Mitsudomoe no Niwa rock garden designed by the great patron of arts, Koetsu Hon’ami. The Buddha Nirvana Picture was painted by Tohaku Hasegawa, and it is one of the biggest paintings in Kyoto at 10 meters in length and 6 meters in width.
The temple is big and its ground vast and it’s normally not crowded at all. In autumn there is a night illumination event at the temple, and the famous Mitsudomoe no Niwa and other parts of the temple are illuminated by LED lights letting you see them in a literally new light.