BLOGWalking2021.05.31

"Honno-ji Incident" and "Remains of Honno-ji Temple"

June 2 is the day the "本能寺の変 (Honno-ji Incident)" occurred.

In the early morning of June 2, 1582, Mitsuhide AKECHI attacked Nobunaga ODA of Honno-ji Temple.

It is said that Honno-ji Temple, where Nobunaga set fire to kill himself at that time, was not located at its present location, Teramachi-dori street, Oike.

It is said that it was around Shijo Horikawa at that time.

And, it is said that it boasted a vast temple area like a castle, which is also called "fortress".

The current Honnoji Temple was moved to Oike on Teramachi-dori Street by Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI after the Honnoji Incident.

At Takoyakushi on Aburanokoji-dori Street, a stone monument "本能寺跡" stands to mark the site of Honno-ji Temple.

In the corner of Takoyakushi-dori Ogawa, there is a stone monument that says "此附近 本能寺址 (Near Honno-ji Temple Ruins)".

The town names "Honno-ji-cho" and "Moto honno-ji-cho" that remain around here also tell the history.

After it was moved to Oike, Teramachi-dori, where it is now, Daimyo (feudal lords) had their residences in the site.

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Honno-ji Temple has often been struck by fire in its long history.

If you look closely, you will see that 'ヒ' in the part of 本能寺 is replaced with the '去'

This is said to be the custom of Honno-ji Temple, which avoids the "火 (fire)" associated with the word "ヒ".

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Since it was a large temple area, the name "Honno-ji" remains widely around here.

The Shimogyo Daini Bangumi Elementary School opened in November 1869.

It was renamed "Honno Elementary School" in 1872 and closed in 1993 due to the integration with neighboring elementary schools.

Now, the site is used as a complex for the Kyoto Municipal Horikawa High School's Honno building and Kyoto City Honno Nursing Home for the Aged.

There is a stone monument of "本能校跡 (Honno Campus Ruins)" on the same site as "本能寺跡 (The remain of Honno-ji)".

Of course, this area is called "本能学区 (Honno School District)".

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After '本能寺の変 (Honno-ji Incident)', 'Hokke sect Daihonzan Honno-ji Temple' was rebuilt in Oike, Teramachi-dori Street by Lord Hideyoshi.

Under normal circumstances, on June 2, a memorial service to remember Nobunaga is held.

Due to the coronavirus disaster, ordinary visitors are not allowed to attend this year, and only the monks at the temple perform strictly.

And in June, the Honnoji Bazaar by the Honnoji Women's Association has been held, too.

It is regrettable that this event will not be held this year.

The exhibition "Honno-ji Temple and Hokke Culture" which is being held until Sunday, July 4 at the treasure hall of Daihoden in the precinct is also quiesced now.

When the exhibition resumes, why don't you visit together with a stone monument "本能寺跡 (Remains of Honno-ji Temple)"?


本能寺跡 (Remains of Honno-ji Temple)
Takoyakushi-dori Abura-koji Higashi-iru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station

本能校跡 (Honno Campus Ruins)
The east side of Takoyakushi-sagaru, Aburanokoji-dori Street, Nakagyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station

Hokke Sect Daihonzan (head temple) Honno-ji Temple
522 Shimo-Honnojimae-cho, Teramachi-dori Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
A short distance from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station


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