Karamon Chinese Gate, Nihi Hongan-Ji Temple

Located just North of the Kyoto Station, Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple is a Pure Land Buddhist Temple. This temple serves as the headquarters of the Hongan-ji Branch of the Jodo (Pure Land) School of Buddhism. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site and features some beautiful National Treasures — the Shoin Room and the Karamon Chinese Gate.

While it is an impressive site, it is not at the top of my Must-See list (there are just so many other sites I would recommend first).  But if you do visit this site, don’t miss the beatiful garden and Japan’s oldest Noh Theather stage.


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