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Honnoji Temple

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Address: 522 Honnojicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8243, Kyoto Prefecture
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An oasis in the shopping arcade.

Honnoji would be much more special if it weren't in a city jam-packed with truly spectacular temples. As it is, it is an interesting historic site, and a lovely restful spot... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Fairfield
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Honnoji would be much more special if it weren't in a city jam-packed with truly spectacular temples. As it is, it is an interesting historic site, and a lovely restful spot midst the bustle of the shopping arcades. There is a small museum with a collection of artifacts, but very little in English for those of us who don't read... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Honnoji Temple is where the great daimyo Oda Nobunaga died in 1582. The shogun was attacked at the temple and then forced by one of his trusted generals, Akechi Mitsuhide, to commit ritual suicide. The temple itself was founded in 1415, and is a part of the Nichiren sect. Like much of Kyoto it was destroyed by fire and moved... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Honnoji is well known as the place, where Nobunaga was assassinated by Mitsuhide Akechi. In fact, Honnoji at that time was not the actual location. However, the grave of Nobunaga can be found in this temple. From Kawaramachi it is maybe hard to find its small entrance. From Terachi shopping street, you can easily find the main gate.

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

This temple has a long (and somewhat gory) history. Bang in the middle of the shopping street. Nice detour, especially if you are accompanying ladies who are taking a whale of a time for shopping. Serene atmosphere.

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Northern Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Found Honnoji temple at the entrance to a pedestrianised shopping area. Nice enough temple and definitely worth the visit if you are close by.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

The temple was somewhat difficult to find as we did not expect it to be inside a shopping area. The temple itself is nowhere near as grand as the other famous temples, but it can be interesting if you are a history buff, despite being in a different location to the previous Honno-ji. The Honno-ji museum is small, but has... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

A small temple in the centre of the shopping district, pleasant but nothing special I wouldn't make a special visit as you will probably wander past on your visit to the shopping area very near the Kyoto royal hotel and spa

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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Are you interested in Oda Nobunaga? He was the great military commander in Warring States Period. Don't cry because the Honno-ji Temple is too boring to visit. If you have 10 minutes, you can visit very well. Do not imagine the magnificent temple like Kiyomizudera or Golden temple. Bushi(mean sumurai) was simple and sturdy. 1回目はおぉっ!これが有名な本能寺か~、だけど2回目は無いかな。

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costa mesa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

Only visited because it is next door to our hotel, it is a very small Temple with big history, liked the small size and seemed to be very popular with history buffs. Would only recommend if you are in the area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015 via mobile

Honno-ji played a significant role in Japanese history during the Sengoku Period as a retainer of a powerful warlord betrayed his master here and ultimately shifted the power balance of the entire Japan. Unfortunately, the temple that changed the political landscape is not in the same location anymore, and the temple has no resemblance to its historical counterpart other than... More 

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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