You don't need to pay any money to visit Honen-in.Honen-in Official site in Japanese
The picture was taken last November.
With no admission fee, I believe they intend to show the genuine hospitality taught in Buddhism. Of course you have a choice to put coins or bills into the box in front of their main building of a temple in the bottom of a garden. It doesn't mean a fee but only means that you have your own appreciation or religious belief.
They keep their garden and entrance area very neat. It is not as famous as Ginkakuji-temple, so not so many people visit there all year around. It means you can feel air of relief and solemn atmosphere more deeply.
If you want to feel the spirit of Buddisum or sanctity, Hounen-in seems one of the best place. Outside the entrance is as beautiful as inside the garden. You can enjoy the scenery good enough after the gate is shut.
I like to take a walk to Honen-in and see Byakusadan-Terrace of White Sand. I've heard young Buddhist monk pupils draw lines by turns on the White Sand with his imagination every morning. It is fun for me to guess what he has in his mind and has expressed it on the sand. From the view of Buddhism, Byakusadan-Terrace of White Sand stands for water and would purify our body by going through so as not to pollute their sanctity!
I took it from inside the Honen-in. You can see the White sand covered with snow on the right side.