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Honno-ji Temple

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Honno-ji Temple is a temple in Teramachi Shopping Street that has historical relations with the daimyo Oda Nobunaga
Honno-ji Temple is a quiet temple in the shopping street of Teramachi. The temple is famous for the “Honno-ji incident” in which daimyo Oda Nobunaga was forced to commit seppuku after he was betrayed by his samurai general Akechi Mitsuhide. The temple itself was founded in 1415 by Nichiryu Shonin, and because after this the temple has been burned down and moved places many times, the present place is not the as that where Oda Nobunaga committed seppuku, but you can find the graves of him and his servants at the temple even today. Also, even though the temple is inside a shopping arcade, it is rather big and quiet, so you can look at it in peace. This is a great place for you to combine shopping with a temple visit.
Main hall
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Main hall
This is the main hall that was rebuilt during the Showa period. This hall looks about the same as the original hall must have looked, as it was made in the Muromachi period style. Every day at 6 a.m. a prayer service is held at this hall which anyone can join for free.
Nobunaga mausoleum
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Nobunaga mausoleum
After the death of Oda Nobunaga, his third son, Oda Nobutaka, built this mausoleum for him. You can find the grave of Oda Nobunaga in the back of this mausoleum, but it does not contain his bones, only his tachi sword.
Daihoden Homotsukan museum
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Daihoden Homotsukan museum
At the temple premises, you can also find the Daihoden Homotsukan museum, where they exhibit all kinds of historic items related to the temple itself or Oda Nobunaga. You get to see things like the tea ceremony set that Oda Nobunaga used, and many other historic items related to him. Entrance to the museum if 500 yen.
Get a temple stamp
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Get a temple stamp
After going to the main hall, it is time to get your temple stamp book calligraphy and stamp. At Honno-ji Temple they also have a special temple stamp with the crest of Oda Nobunaga.
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Erika
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The way you can find a temple with such a history in the midst of a business district is something very Kyoto-like. When you enter Teramachi Shopping Street, you will soon see the big gate of Honno-ji and many tourists taking pictures of it. I recommend those who like Japanese history and samurais to visit at least once.
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Honno-ji Temple / 本能寺
Category Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-231-5335
Address 522 Teramachi-dori Oike Sagaru Shimohonnojimae-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City 604-8091
Directions Right by subway Tozai line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station.
Open Hours 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Closed Open every day.
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The temple is in Teramachi, so it is very easy to find. They also have brochures in English about the temple.
Information Japanese and English.
Lanuages spoken Only Japanese.
URL1 http://www.kyoto-honnouji.jp/language/index.html
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