Nishi Hongan-ji is a Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist temple in the Shimogyō ward of Kyoto, Japan.
It is one of two Jōdo Shinshū temple complexes in Kyoto, the other being Higashi Hongan-ji. Jōdo Shinshū is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, and today Nishi Hongan-ji serves as the head temple of the organization.
Established in its current location in 1591, the origin of the temple goes back to the 14th century. Many of its building have survived from the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo period, making it a great example of the Japanese architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. A total of seven Nishi Hongan-ji structures have been designated National Treasures in three different categories: the karamon, Goei-dō and Amida hall, the Flying Cloud Pavilion, shoin and the Black study hall, including the Denrō gallery and the north Noh stage.
Opens daily at 5:30 am. Closes depending on the season:
Nov - Feb: 5 pm
Mar - Apr, Sep - Oct: 5:30 pm
May - Aug: 6 pm