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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5.0a year ago
Stunning place to visit. The old architecture of these temples are amazing in their own regard. The actual temple is the largest building there and the surrounding buildings are more subdued compared to the main. Great place to visit if you like architecture, especially that of old religious temples.
5.09 months ago
Classic. Big gate. Upstairs the temples are a bit austere but powerful and imposing. Went for the autumn night viewing. Entrance is free btw
5.012 months ago
Together with Kyomizudera, this is the most beautiful Buddhist temple in Kyoto and maybe all of Japan. There is a garden here which you can enter for a fee, but it closes at 17:00. I recommend going inside the main building, because the golden decorations at and around the altar are beautiful! You are NOT allowed to take pictures inside though. There is a building next to the main building where a big golden Buddha stands along with decorations. A must see!
5.0a year ago
Simply an amazing place. Beautiful grounds. The service is wonderful. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Thank you. Beautiful goshuin. So much for the senses to take in. I highly recommend spending some time here. I feel so lucky to have visited.
5.011 months ago
My husband's family's ancestors graves and remains lay in here. It's a sacred beautiful place. I highly recommend it. It's the kind of place you'll want to come to have a moment of peace and quiet. Surrounded by luxurious green landscape