sights / Religious

Hōnen-in information

Kyoto , Japan
Street 30 Goshonodan-chō, Shishigatani
Extras Sakyō-ku
Getting there
Bus Kyoto City Bus 5 to the Eikandō-michi or Ginkakuji-michi stops
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Lonely Planet review

One of Kyoto’s hidden pleasures, this temple was founded in 1680 to honour the priest Hōnen. It’s a lovely, secluded temple with carefully raked gardens set back in the woods. The temple buildings include a small gallery where frequent exhibitions featuring local and international artists are held. If you need to escape the crowds that positively plague nearby Ginkaku-ji, come to this serene refuge.

Hōnen-in is a 12-minute walk from Gin kaku-ji, on a side street above the Tetsugaku-no-Michi; you may have to ask for directions.