Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto

My Sunday Photo – Higashi Honganji Temple

My Sunday Photo for this week is Higashi Honganji Temple

I’m back this week for My Sunday Photo, after last week’s absence due to a poor internet connection. For one of the most advanced nations on Earth, Japan sure does have some dodgy wireless networks.

I managed to fill three, 32gb memory cards with photos during our Japan adventure, so choosing just a few for this post was a challenge. Needless to say, I’m sure that My Sunday Photo posts for the next few weeks will feature Japan photos!

I chose to focus on the Higashi Honganji Temple for this week’s photos. It is one of the most imposing temples in Kyoto (although it is almost exactly the same size and layout as its sister temple, Nishi Honganji Temple). Coming across it as we walked to our Airbnb was one of the first wow moments of Kyoto for me.


Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto


It’s hard to truly capture the scale and majesty of the building. It’s also very hard to show the amazing amount of detail in every part of the structure. As with most things in Kyoto, it was reconstructed after a fire, towards the end of the 1800s.


Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto

One of my favourite things to do in Kyoto was go out at night and try to capture some of the night-time scenes. It was a pretty big challenge, as I only had the point-and-shoot camera, rather than my DSLR and tripod. However, I was fairly happy with the results. Below are some long(ish) exposure photos of the temple gates at night.

Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto




6 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – Higashi Honganji Temple

  1. I am loving these pics, in particular the last one. There’s some skill to getting a shot like that. Filled up two 32mgb cards? Good luck sorting through that lot! #MySundayPhoto

  2. So beautiful, I particularly like the last photo. This is how I like to imagine Japan to be, but it’s amazing to think that the cities are so huge and modern and then you get temples like this.

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