Hokanji Temple is located in Kyoto and has been known as one of the most historical and also popular tourist objects. Although there is nothing much to do at the temple except for the surrounding sightseeing and exploration around the temple, the temple is often visited by tourists and travelers because of its unique placement as well as the historical value. So, what can you do at the temple, really?
Tower of Yasaka
Also known as the Tower of Yasaka (Yasaka no to), Hokanji Temple is one of the landmarks in Kyoto, located in Higashiyama District –one of the most historical spots in Kyoto. This is a perfect example of how traditional and modern aspect can mix together, creating its own unique feel. The district is known for the cobbled alley street that remains the same from the old Kyoto period. Some of the houses and residences have been transformed into modern constructions – blending the old and the new. And if you go down the street, you will finally see the temple – right in the middle of the street.
Hokanji Temple was built in the 6th century and it is now coming in the form of five-story pagoda. Does it look interesting and unique? You can bet on it! There are some periods when visitors can gain access to the interior part of the temple – but such an opportunity can be quite rare. When you can get the access, you can go to the second story and feast on Kyoto’s skyline and view.
Hokanji Temple is 46 meters in height with sloping and graceful roofs within each tier. The location is situated right in between Yasaka-Jinja Shrine and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. Visitors can enjoy the statues, architecture, and also fading paintings. Generally, you only need 30 minutes to view the temple.
The Operational Hour
You will have to pay ¥400 per person for the entrance fee. Under elementary school age is free. The temple opens from 10 AM to 4 PM on a daily basis. There is no exact schedule or date for the closing. So, if there is no announcement about the closing, the temple will remain open.
What to Do in the Area?
As it was mentioned before, there isn’t much to do in the temple, but Higashiyama District itself is pretty popular. Kyoto has some of the most popular districts – the most popular ones are Gion and Higashiyama. They have the most charming and well-preserved street view – definitely Instragamable.
The best thing about exploring Higashiyama District is the chances to visit historical landmarks such as Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka Slopes, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Hokanji Temple. You can explore this area as well as Gion through the narrow and old-school lanes with traditional constructions on the sides. It is advisable to take pictures as many as possible.
Reaching the Temple
If you use the bus, get off at Kiyomizu-Michi or Higasyashima-Yasui bus stop and then you can continue on foot. It takes 5 minutes to reach the temple. If you use the car, keep in mind that the temple doesn’t have the parking lot. But you can park at Ryozen Kannon Pay Carpark which is located 5 minutes walking distance away from the temple.
If you use the train, you can use the Keihan Railway Line and get off at Kiyomizu-Gojo Station. Continue your trip on foot for 15 minutes. If you use Meishin Expressway, get off at Kyoto-Higashi IC and walk for 15 minutes to get to the temple.
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