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Approaching Nishi Hongwanji, the headquarters temple of the Jodo Shinshu Sect (Hongwanji school) in Kyoto. A short walk from Kyoto Station. This is New Year's Day, Jan 1, 2010.
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Goeido-mon Gate is one of the main gates to enter Nishi Hongwanji. The temple gates are open from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm (or till 6 pm in summer).
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Goeido-mon Gate leads to the Goeido Founder's Hall. 御影堂門
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Another main gate is this Amidado-mon Gate which leads to Amida-do Hall. 阿弥陀堂門
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About Nishi Hongwanji in English.
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Large flags outside the temple gates.
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New Year observance schedule.
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Directional sign
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Goeido Founder's Hall. For several years, the Nishi Hongwanji buildings were hidden by construction scaffolding as they underwent major renovations. Finally, we get to see all the buildings unobstructed. 御影堂
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Goeido Founder's Hall at Nishi Hongwanji, Kyoto. The building is an Important Cultural Property. 御影堂
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Goeido Founder's Hall1 comments
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Roof of Goeido Founder's Hall
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Side of Goeido Founder's Hall.
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Panoramic view of Nishi Hongwanji temple, Kyoto. The layout of the buildings is almost the same as Higashi Hongwanji.
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Next to the Goeido Founder's Hall is this modern Ryukoden Hall which is like a reception counter for worshippers. 龍虎殿
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Hiunkaku Pavilion is a National Treasure. Unfortunately, it is not open for public viewing. One of Kyoto's Three Best Pavilions along with Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji Pavilions. 飛雲閣
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Bell tower at Nishi Hongwanji
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Bell tower carvings
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Corridor connecting the Goeido (left) and Amida-do (right) Halls.
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Amida-do Hall
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Corridor connecting the Goeido (left) and Amida-do (right) Halls.
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Amida-do Hall is an Important Cultural Property at Nishi Hongwanji, Kyoto. 阿弥陀堂(本堂)
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Amida-do Hall is the main hall or temple, also called the Hondo Hall. 阿弥陀堂(本堂)
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Roof of Amida-do Hall
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Goeido Hall and Amida-do Hall
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Goeido Hall
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Next to the Amida-do Hall is this modern building housing a gift shop, restaurant, and temple offices. 宗務総合庁舎
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Momdo Kaikan Hall is a lodging facility. 聞法会館
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Kyozo or Scripture Repository. It houses the Daizokyo or the entire collection of Buddhist texts published by Tenkai. There are 6,323 scrolls and books stored in 665 boxes. They were purchased from the Tokugawa government and received in 1648. 経蔵
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Amida-domon Gate
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Water fountain
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Water fountain
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Inside the Goeido Hall. You have to take off your shoes to enter. This was on Jan. 1, 2010. 御影堂
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Altar inside Goeido Hall
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Altar inside Goeido Hall, Nishi Hongwanji, Kyoto. 御影堂
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Goeido Hall
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Goeido Hall
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Corridor connecting Goeido Hall and Amida-do Hall.
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View from corridor.
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Amida-do Hall veranda.
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Inside Amida-do (Hondo) Hall on Jan. 1, 2010. Not as crowded as Shinto shrines on New Year's Day, but there was a crowd inside the temple as a minister preached. 阿弥陀堂(本堂)
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Altar inside Amida-do Hall of Nishi Hongwanji, Kyoto. 阿弥陀堂(本堂)
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Altar inside Amida-do Hall, Nishi Hongwanji, Kyoto.
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Amida-do Hall. 阿弥陀堂(本堂)
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Outside the walls of Nishi Hongwanji.
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A short walk from the temple halls is this ornate Karamon Gate, a National Treasure at Nishi Hongwanji, Kyoto. 唐門
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Karamon Gate, a National Treasure. 唐門
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Karamon Gate, a National Treasure. 唐門
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Karamon Gate, a National Treasure. 唐門
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Carvings on Nishi Hongwanji's Karamon Gate, a National Treasure. 唐門
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Near Karamon Gate is Ryukoku University affiliated with Nishi Hongwanji.
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Ryukoku University
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Map of Ryukoku Univ.
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Site of Ryukoku Museum across from Nishi Hongwanji.
     
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