The Honganji temples, consisting of Nishi Honganji (west temple) and Higashi Honganji (east temple), are large Buddist complexes walking distance from Kyoto station.  Not as beautiful as Kinkaku-ji Temple or Ginkaku-ji Temple, but nice temples to have a walk around.

Budget travel tips

  • Save some money and see the city a bit by walking from Kyoto station to these temples.  Get a free map from the Kyoto Tourist Information Center in Kyoto station.  It will only take 10-15 minutes.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, you can walk as described above.  You can also take the No. 28 bus to Nishi Honganji-mae bus stop for Nishi Honganji (west temple) or the No. 5, 26 or 57 bus to Karasuma Rokujo bus stop for Higashi Honganji (east temple).

From other areas, take a bus to Nishi Honganji-mae bus stop for Nishi Honganji (west temple) or to Karasuma Rokujo bus stop for Higashi Honganji (east temple).


Opening time: 5:50 AM – 5:30 PM (Mar–Oct), 6:20 AM – 4:30 PM (Nov–Feb)

Cost: Free.


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels


A little bit pricier than the others, but with a more ‘Japanesey’ feel and atmosphere.  It’s also smaller and therefore much quieter than the others. Check prices at Booking.com or HostelWorld.com

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House and Khaosan Kyoto Theater

Khaosan have a load of hostels in Tokyo, and their Kyoto hostels are solid hostel experiences. Expect polite, excitable staff and really good prices.

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House: Check prices at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld.com

Khaosan Kyoto Theater: Check prices at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld.com

More at HostelWorldBooking.com and Agoda.

Kyoto Accommodation Guide


Nishi (west) Hongaji Official Website

Higashi (east) Honganji Official Website


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