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The Higashi Honganji complex, officially known as Shinshū Honbyō, presently covers an area of 93,140 square meters (about 23 acres), and is divided into two sections. The first includes the Founder's Hall and Amida Hall with their precincts, while the second covers several pavilions (inner halls). The first area, mainly used for ceremonies and other religious activities, is enormous so that as many followers as possible are able to attend. Like these two halls, the rebuilding of the pavilions took place during the Meiji period (1868-1912), following the original construction style of the Edo period (1603-1867). These are still utilized for both followers and visitors alike.
|Address||Karasuma Shichi-jō Agaru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8505, Japan|
7 min. walk from JR Kyoto Station
5 min. walk from Karasuma subway, Gojō Station
1 min. walk from Karasuma Shichijō bus stop
Mar–Oct. 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM
Nov–Feb. 6:20 AM – 4:30 PM
This is the detached garden of Higashi Honganji, which was donated by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the 3rd shōgun, in 1641. It covers an area of about 33,000 square meters (8 acres) and was designed by Jōzan Ishikawa.
The various structures in this garden were destroyed twice by fire in 1858 and 1864 and the present construction took place during the Meiji period.
This garden is filled with many kinds of flowers throughout the year, and the colorful scenery is highly appreciated.
|Address||Shomen-dori Ainomachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Japan|
10 min. walk from JR Kyoto Station
7 min. walk from Karasuma subway, Gojō Station
5 min. walk from Karasuma Shichijō bus stop
|Opening Hours||Daily from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (last entry 3:30 PM)|
|Entrance fee||(including a picture book of the garden in Japanese) 500 yen|
In 1272, ten years after Shinran's death, a mausoleum rather than a grave was built to enshrine his ashes together with his image. This mausoleum was moved on various occasions.
However, after the division into Higashi and Nishi Honganji in 1602, Ōtani Mausoleum was finally constructed at its present location in 1670, though later it was rebuilt along with halls at the end of the 17th century.
In 1745, Shōgun Tokugawa Yoshimune donated about 33,000 square meters (8 acres), by which Ōtani Mausoleum was able to expand.
|Address||477 Maruyama-chō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0071, Japan|
10 min. walk from Gion bus stop
15 min. walk from Keihan Railway, Gion-shijo Station
20 min. walk from Hankyū Kyoto Line, Kawaramachi Station
|Opening Hours||Daily from 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM|