Honnō-ji is most famous for the Honnō-ji incident. Oda Nobunaga lodged there before his invasion of the west. However, on the morning of June 21, 1582, the traitorous forces of Akechi Mitsuhide surrounded the temple and set it on fire. Knowing there was no way out for him, Nobunaga committed seppuku along with his attendant Mori Ranmaru. Ranmaru's brothers also perished at Honnō-ji.
The Honnō-ji due to the tragic circumstances was rebuilt on a different site in Kyoto, near Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station.
Honnō-ji is depicted in the games Musashi Ganryuki, Sengoku Rance, Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, Samurai Warriors, Nioh and the Sengoku Basara Series. It is also referenced the main setting in the anime Kill la Kill, and appears in episode 10 of the animated TV series Battle Girls: Time Paradox. It is also referenced to in the movie Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle
Honnōji Hotel is a 2017 comedy mystery drama that takes places around the incident.
- For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.
- List of National Treasures of Japan (temples)
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