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HistoryHimeji Senbabetsu-in Hontoku-ji Temple

This temple's history began in 1492, Rennyo, the 8th head priest of Hongan-ji Temple, ordered his disciples to construct a training center in Aga Inlet, in Harima Province, to begin missionary work. Later, the center was moved to Kameyama, Himeji, and as a part of the split between eastern and western sects of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, the temple was established here as Himeji Senbabetsu-in Hontoku-ji Temple of the Otani sect of Shinshu Buddhism (of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple) in 1618 during the reign of Honda Tadamasa, lord of Himeji Castle.
Within the 21,846 square meter temple grounds, there is a main hall with 17 rooms complted in 1718, an imperial lodging space (known as an anzaisho) in which the Meiji Emperor stayed during his visit to Himeji, stone monuments dedicated to the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion of former samurai, and to imperial loyalists, and a castle model said to have been made by German POWs during WWI, all inconspicuously located within the temple.

Basic Information

  • Toilet Available

    Toilet Available

  • Restaurant On-site

    Restaurant On-site

  • Parking Available

    Parking Available

  • Shop Available

    Shop Available

  • Coin locker available

    Coin locker available

  • WiFi available

    WiFi available

  • Accepts credit cards

    Accepts credit cards

Train: Approx. 20 minutes walk from Himeji Station on JR or the Sanyo Electric Railway
Bus: Take Shinki Bus to "Hanakage-cho" or "Motomachi 3-chome" bus stops and walk approx. 3 minutes
Business Hours
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1-1 Jinaimachi, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0044
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