Splendid ancient Kyoto coloring the four seasons
With its precinct designated as a national historic site, Hongwanji Temple, also known as Nishi Hongwanji, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. The temple is a 20-minute walk from our hotel.
Of the many highlights, a particular must-see is the gorgeous Karamon gate, which is reportedly an ancient structural remnant of Fushimi Castle and is adorned with ornamental carvings of the Momoyama Period.
The gate is called “Higurashi-no-mon,” literally “twilight gate,” since viewers become so enchanted by its beauty that they do not realize when night falls.