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Shosei-En Garden

Beautiful Japanese Garden near JR Kyoto Station This beautiful Japanese garden is a hidden gem in Kyoto. It is an enclave of Higashi-Honganji Temple. Many people know about Higashi-Honganji Temple – because it is so popular – and they visit there, but majority of them do not even know the temple has a huge detached …

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Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple

Gorgeous Temple near JR Kyoto Station Nishi-Hongan-ji (West Hongan-ji) is the head temple of Hongan-ji school for Jodo-Shin Buddhist sect. There is another Hongan-ji in Kyoto, called “Higashi-Honganji” (= East Hongan-ji) which will be featured in separate article. Both of these have the same root – “Hongan-ji”. Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple is also about 15 min. walk …