Access Map

Access Map

  • Higashi Honganji
  • Shōsei-en Garden
  • Ōtani Mausoleum

Access Map

Higashi Honganji Shōsei-en Garden Ōtani Mausoleum

The Precincts of Higashi Honganji

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
Phone +81-75-371-9181
Access 7 min. walk from JR Kyoto Station
5 min. walk from Karasuma subway, Gojō Station
1 min. walk from Karasuma Shichijō bus stop
Opening Hours Mar–Oct. 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM
Nov–Feb. 6:20 AM – 4:30 PM

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Shōsei-en Garden (Kikoku-tei) — The Trifoliate Orange Villa

A distant view of Higashiyama from Rōfū-tei, one of the halls in the garden

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.

One of the various features found in the garden:Ingetsu-chi (pond) and Sōchinkyo (teahouse)
Kame-ishi ido (turtlestone spring)
Rinchi-tei viewed from the Tekisui-ken teahouse, both completed in 1884
The garden in autumn with Shinsetsukyo Bridge in view
The garden in winter showing a covered promenade
Beautiful cherry trees blossoming in spring
Address Shomen-dori Ainomachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8190, Japan
Phone +81-75-371-9210
Access 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

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Ōtani Mausoleum (Ōtani Sobyō)

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.

An aerial view of Ōtani Mausoleum
Ōtani Mausoleum
The entrance gate of Ōtani Mausoleum
The main hall (completed in 1701)
The paved pathway leading up to the mausoleum
Address 477 Maruyama-chō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0071, Japan
Phone +81-75-561-0777
Access 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