Very close to Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto is the campus of Ryukoku University, which has connections with the temple. The forerunner of the present university is the Gakuryo religious school that was set up by Nishi Honganji in 1639.
The western-style buildings at the Omiya campus including the Honkan (Central Hall), Hokko (North Hall), Nanko (South Hall), the Old Guard House and Main Gate at Omiya Campus date from the Meiji Period and are classed as Important Cultural Properties. Ryukoku University as such was founded in 1876. The original fittings were imported from England and the wood-framed, stone plastered buildings were some of the first western-style buildings constructed in the Kansai region of western Japan.
The university has three main campuses: Omiya, the large modern campus at Fukakusa in Fushimi-ku and Seta in Shiga. The magazine Chuokoron started life at Ryukoku University as a social reformist magazine opposed to alchohol in 1887.
Tel: 075 343 3311
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Access: Ryukoku University's Omiya campus is a short walk from Kyoto Station right next to Nishi-Honganji Temple.
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