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Honnō-ji main gate
Honnō-ji main hall

Honnō-ji (本能寺) is a temple of the Nichiren branch of Buddhism located in Kyoto, Japan. Its honzon is mandara-honzon (曼荼羅本尊) from Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō.


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[1] 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.

Popular references[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sato, Hiroaki (1995). Legends of the Samurai. New York: Overlook Duckworth. p. 243-244. ISBN 9781590207307.

Coordinates: 35°00′37″N 135°46′06″E / 35.010294°N 135.768281°E / 35.010294; 135.768281