Honen-in is situated on the site where monk Honen founded the Jodo sect of Buddhism. Though generations of monks have studied Honen's doctrine here, in recent years the temple has turned more into a family sanctuary. As at many Japanese temples, Honen-in now mostly officiates at funerals though the head monk hosts art shows from time to time as a keen arts lover. The temple itself is usually closed to the public though the grounds in front of the temple has a pair of very unique Zen dry mound gardens. The patterns change from time to time. The moss-covered Sanmon gate is open to the public year round.