Honpo-ji Temple

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Honpoji Temple

Saint Nisshin (Nichiren Sect) built Honpoji temple in 1436. It was replaced several times and said to have settled where it is today in 1587. It got fully destroyed in a fire in 1788, however, was rebuilt. The constructing manager was a priest during the Muromachi Period(1336-1573, who worked hard to disseminate the teachings of the Nichiren Sect. He even wrote a book called "Risseiji Kokuron" and presented it to the shogun Ashikagano Yoshimitsu. However, shogun Yoshimitsu became enraged about the contents and put Saint Nisshin in jail, and the temple was burnt to the ground once again. Nisshin was tortured with a hot-burned pan put on his head, and had the nickname "Nabe (pot) kaburi (put on) no Nisshin". Nonetheless, others finally understood his passion, and the temple was rebuilt.


The garden called Mitsue-no-Niwa (Mitsue Garden) was made by Honami Kouestu, and is famous in Japan. There is also the work of a famous artist of the Azuchi Momoyama Period (1573-1603), Hasegawa Touhaku, called the "Butsunehanzu" in the exhibition.


Bus: The nearest stop is Horikawa-Teranouchi Stop of the city bus. Train: 15 minutes from the Kuramaguchi Station of the Karasuma Line.

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Sights Honpo-ji Temple (本法寺)
Address Noboru, Teranouchi, Ogawa-dori, Kamigyou-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-441-7997 / Fax: 075-441-7997
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:10:00-16:00
Closed dates Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay part admission: 500yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August)
Recommended target Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Honpo-ji Temple