Mar. 12, 2019 UPDATE

Honen-in Temple

- 法然院 -
Traveler Friendly
There is a monk who speaks English, although not always there. You can easily get here from the famous sightseeing spot, philosopher’s path. There is no entrance.
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Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese, English (not always there)
374 16 7.3 1 reviews
Mar. 12, 2019 UPDATE

Honen-in Temple

- 法然院 -
Traveler Friendly
There is a monk who speaks English, although not always there. You can easily get here from the famous sightseeing spot, philosopher’s path. There is no entrance.
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese, English (not always there)
374 16 7.3 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
A quiet temple tied to the founder of the Pure Land sect
The thatched roofed gate of Honen-in Temple sits among the green surroundings of the philosopher’s path. Honen was a monk at the early Kamakura period and also founder of the Pure Land sect in 1175. He prayed to Amitabha, whose teaching was that if you chant the prayer of “Namuami dabutsu” to Amitabha, you will all go to Sukhavati (Paradise of Pure Land sect) after you die. In the Edo period, a monk from the Chion-in Temple established the temple as a Buddhist hall for chanting. The temple became independent of the pure land sect in 1953 to become its own original sect. The precinct of the temple is so quiet, so feel free to stroll around at your own pace.
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User Reviews
7.3 Great
experience9.0 access5.0 photogenic8.0
LifeInSakyoku - Finland
Dec. 13, 2018
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Open Hours
9:30am - 5pm
Reservations
Not accepted
Closed
Open everyday
Price range
Credit cards
Not accepted
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