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Apr. 10, 2020 UPDATE

Honno-ji Temple

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Traveler Friendly
The temple offers pamphlets in multiple languages, including English, Chinese and French
Information
English, Simplified Chinese, French
Languages spoken
Japanese
222 4 7.3 1 reviews
Apr. 10, 2020 UPDATE

Honno-ji Temple

- 本能寺 -
Traveler Friendly
The temple offers pamphlets in multiple languages, including English, Chinese and French
Information
English, Simplified Chinese, French
Languages spoken
Japanese
222 4 7.3 1 reviews
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Honno-ji Temple – A Temple with Ties to the Daimyo Oda Nobunaga
Located inside Kyoto’s bustling local downtown shopping arcade, Teramachi, Honno-ji Temple is the head temple of the Honmon School of the Buddhist sect Hokke. Honno-ji Temple is known throughout Japan as the stage for the “Honno-ji Incident” – wherein the great daimyo Oda Nobunaga was forced to commit seppuku after being betrayed by his own samurai general, Akechi Mitsuhide. The temple was originally built in 1415 but has been rebuilt and relocated multiple times due to repeated encounters with natural disasters. Because of this, where Honno-ji Temple currently stands is not where the “Honno-ji Incident” actually took place. However, inside the temple grounds, you will find memorials to Oda Nobunaga and his clansmen. The temple’s museum also houses many relics related to and even belonging to Nobunaga himself. As the Honno-ji Temple provides a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge of Oda Nobunaga and the time period he lived, it’s a very worthwhile visit for those interested in Japanese history or the daimyo Oda Nobunaga. Also, if you’re a fan of Nobunaga, the temple’s daihoden hall sells exclusive Honno-ji Temple Oda Nobunaga merchandise too!
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7.3 Great
experience8.0 access6.0 photogenic8.0
Laura - Japan
Dec. 20, 2018
Details
Open Hours
6 a.m. – 5 p.m. *Entrance into the Daihoden Homotsukan Museum closes at 4:30 p.m. Buddhist prayers are carried out at 6 a.m. every morning and are open to the public
Reservations
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Closed
New Years
Price range
*Admission fee required for the Daihoden Homotsukan Museum
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Other
No photography allowed in the main hall
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