NISHI HONGANJI - JAPAN
Nishi Honganji ( or Nishi Hongwanji ) is the headquarters of the Honganji School of the Jodo-Shin sect of Buddhism. Founded in 1272 by the daughter of the sect's organizer, Shinran, the temple contains a wealth of cultural treasures, including one of the oldest Noh drama stages in Japan. Considered one of the finest examples of Momoyama style architecture in Kyoto, Nishi spralls over several acres of courtyards and gardens. In 1602 the Shogun Ieyesu Togukawa granted permission to a former abbot to build a new branch of the temple, which became Higashi Honganji.