Honman-ji Temple (本満寺)

Honman-ji Temple is a temple located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. This is the head temple of the Rokujo-mon school of the Nichiren Sect, and one of the Yuisho jiin temples (temples considered important to Nichiren shonin (the founder of the Nichiren sect), his sect, and its history). It is also called Kosenrufu-zan Hongan manzoku-ji Temple. Within the precincts of the temple, there are four tatchu (sub-temple, especially one founded to commemorate the death of a high priest): Hosen-in Temple, Shugen-in Temple, Ichijo-in Temple, and Shitsusen-in Temple).


This temple was separated from Honkoku-ji Temple in 1410 and its kaiki (the patron of a temple at its founding) was Gyokudomyo-in Nisshu (a son of Michitsugu KONOE, who served as Kanpaku (chief adviser to the Emperor)).

According to a legend, the temple was moved to where it stands today by Hisamichi KONOE (a court noble in the Sengoku period, who served as Kanpaku) in 1539 after the Hokke ikki uprising. This temple became the chokugan-ji temple of Emperor Gonara (the temple for the imperial family to pray).

In the pre-modern ages, it also became the kigan-sho of the Tokugawa clan (the temple for the Tokugawa clan to pray) as it successfully prayed for Yoshimune TOKUGAWA (the 8th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate) to recover from his illness.

The temple was destroyed by fire and reconstructed in 1661.

The temple was destroyed by fire and reconstructed in 1708.

The temple was destroyed by fire and reconstructed in 1788.

The main hall was destroyed by fire on February 8, 1911.

The main hall was reconstructed in 1927.

The temple is now led by the sixty-second head priest, Eisho ITAMI. It belongs to the Enshi hoe (Ryugen-kai) group.

Cultural properties

Important cultural properties
Nine volumes of Konshi kinji ichiji hoto hokekyo (the Lotus Sutra in gold lettering on navy blue paper with Buddhist towers drawn on it) and Kanfugenkyo (Samantabhadra Contemplation Sutra)

[Original Japanese]