This grandiose temple in the Higashiyama district is the most popular pilgrimage temple in Kyoto. Chion-in was established in 1234 on the site where Honen, founder of the Jodo ('pure land') sect of Buddhism, passed away. The temple's grounds and buildings were hugely expanded in the early 17th century by the first three generations of the Tokugawa shogun family, who were ardent devotees of this sect.
At the entrance, you will stand in awe of the massive Sanmon gate, 24m tall and 50m wide, which is the largest wooden gate in Japan. The main hall, also expansive, houses a statue of Honen, and a wide open area with stone paths and staircases connects major buildings. The garden behind the main hall is a traditional Japanese garden designed by a monk in the 17th century.
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5.06 months ago
A grand temple with a very grand entrance in Chion-in Sanmon, the huge gate right outside it. Be prepared as the stone steps heading to the temple is quite steep and tall. It will be worth your time once you reached the temple. Not sure if there's any wheelchair access here. Hojo Garden in the complex seems to be very beautiful, but unfortunately wasn't open to public on my visit
4.03 months ago
Chion-in is a temple complex with with a massive presence. It is located next to Maruyama Park as well as numerous other temples and is definitely worth a visit..
5.0a month ago
Inside the Mieido Hall is so beautiful and calm.
5.04 months ago
There are some winter blooming sakura at the moment! November 5.
4.0a year ago
A wide, stepped walkway leads to a just and equally impressive gateway to a wide courtyard & the temple. The massive main Buddhist temple is surrounded by several smaller ones around of which some can be entered by the public. There's also an accompanying garden which can be accessed for a fee. Worth the manageable steep walk up. Great place especially in the morning when the crowd is small.