①Landscape of Hounen-In Temple

②History of Hounen-In Temple

How to get to Hounen-In Temple

Unfortunately, there are no way to go to Hounen-In Temple by train. You can take a bus!

When going to Hounen-In Temple by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A1) ➡ Kinrin-Shako-mae(錦林車庫前) bus stop➡ about 10minuets on foot.

・No 5 :Ginkakuji Temple Via Heian-jingu Shrine(Kyoto City bus)

Total about 50 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

②JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A2) ➡ Kinrin-Shako-mae(錦林車庫前) bus stop➡ about 10minuets on foot.

・No.17 : Ginkakuji Temple

Total about 50 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

③JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D1) ➡ Hounen-In Temple-machi(法然院町) bus stop➡ about 5minuets on foot.

・No100(Exp.) : Ginkakuji Temple Via Kiyomizu dera Temple

No100(Exp.) bus is prepaid. Riding from the front door and from the back door. Please pay the fare when you boarding.

Total about 50 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

Things of the glamour of Hounen-In Temple

①Landscape of Hounen-In Temple

Hounen-In Temple is near by Tetugakuno-michi(哲学の道).  The temple building is open to the public only in spring and autumn. Every year, when the temple building is opened, it is in full glory, so it is famous as a famous place for the temple.


It is located just after entering the gate.The white sand represents water, and passing through it is the same as purifying the mind and body. After passing through Byakudasan, you will become the clean area from there.

It can be seen not a special release period.


Kyozo is a storehouse that stores scriptures. The Hounen-In sutra has many sutras. In addition, there are enshrined statues of Syakanyorai(釈迦如来像), Bishamonten(毘沙門天像), Idatenzou(韋駄天像).


〜Courtyard in North of Hondo(本堂北の中庭)〜

Three persimmons are planted and are called the persimmon garden. The blossoming season is from late March to early April. Since it overlaps with the spring release time, it is especially crowded among the public places.

Although it is a shooting spot, so it is crowded so be careful.

※Kyozo(経蔵) and Courtyard in North of Hondo(本堂北の中庭) are open only during the special release period.

②History of Hounen-In Temple

Honen-In Temple was as a place for training in the Buddha. There were Jyodo-shu’s legitimate and two disciples and many believes have gathered for the thress people who are practicing. Among them, it was reported that there were beautiful women named Matsumushi(松虫) and Suzumushi(鈴虫) who were emperors of Emperor Gotoba(後鳥羽上皇).Matsumushi and Suzumushi were deeply sympathetic to the teachings of Buddhism and left their home without permission from the Emperor Gotoba. Emperor Gotobs was angry that Matsumushi and Suzumushi had gone without permission, the disciples were executed, and Hounen was exiled to Iki island. Honen returned to Kyoto after being forgiven, but never returned to this temple.

Hounen-In temple has been completely devastated since then, but in 1680 Chion-In Temple’s Osho revives and made the foundation of the current temple building. The reconstructed Honen-in prospered for a long time as a temple of the Jodo Buddism.

Unfortunately, the temple is currently not open. The temple is open to the public only twice a year from April 1st to 7th and November 1st to 7th every year.

About entrance fee

Entrance Fee


【Special release period】

April 1st to 7th and November 1st to 7th every year / 500yen

Entrance time


【Special release period】

April 1st to 7th and November 1st to 7th every year / 9:30am〜4:00pm



Honen-In temple is a 15 minute walk from Ginkakuji Temple. You can go along the path of Tetsugakuno-mich(哲学の道) you will arrive soon. It is good to walk while enjoying the cherry blossoms in spring and watching the autumn leaves in autumn.


  1. Ginkaku-Ji Temple(銀閣寺)

  2. Joudo-In Temple (浄土院)

  3. Anraku-Ji Temple (安楽寺)

  4. Hachi Jinja Shrien (八神社)