Higashi Hongan-ji is a Buddhist temple very near to Kyoto station, just behind the Yodobashi Camera building. It is the mother temple of the Otani-ha branch of Jodo-Shinsu Buddhism. This temple was formed when the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu caused the nearby Hongan-ji to split into two temples, because he felt the organisation had become too powerful. The original Hongan-ji became known as Nishi Hongan-ji. In Japanese "Higashi" means "East" and "Nishi" means "West".
Higashi Hongan-ji had been under renovation from about 2006 until recently. A huge tent like structure covered The Founder's Hall (in the centre of this photo) during the renovations. The Founder's Hall dates back to 1895 (the original was destroyed by fire). It was built using traditional architectural and building techniques and is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.
There is no entrance fee to enter grounds of Higashi Hongan-ji. There's some written information around the grounds in English about the history of the buildings. Additionally, an English electronic audio guide headset is available for a rental of 500yen + a 500yen deposit. When I was there recently, there was a service on in The Founder's Hall and temporary looking signage was posted at the entrance of the hall saying no photos inside The Founder's Hall. I know that when there are no services on at the nearby Nishi Hogan-ji it's OK to photo inside the buildings (which is rare in Kyoto). I'm not sure on the rule in Higashi Hongan-ji.
Higashi Hongan-ji is on Karasuma-dori (Karasuma street) about 5 minutes walk North of Kyoto station. You'll pass the Kyoto tower and the Yodobashi Camera building on your left on the way there. Another site nearby Higashi Hongan-ji is the garden known as Shosei-en, which is about a 3 minute walk to the East. Nishi Hongan-ji is a 12 minute walk to the West from Higashi Hongan-ji.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D300 camera and a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. This photo was captured as RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro, I made the following adjustments: Default camera and lens adjustments applied; DxO Smart Lighting (25%); DxO Clear View (50%); Highlights (-10%); Blacks (-5%); Microcontrast (+25%); Vibrancy (+25%); and PRIME noise reduction applied.