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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4.0in the last week
Beautiful if "well loved" by tourists. Allows greater access than most other temples, although be aware religious services are actively held here. Also, be prepared for stairs!
5.04 months ago
Amazing experience, even though the main building was closed for repairs. There is a nice tour featuring two gardens, several shrines and cemeteries for about 600 yen per person. Also, there was not that many people here
5.0a month ago
first of all, i went to chion-in on new years eve for joya no kane — the ringing of the bell. it was a fantastic experience. please go early (like, before 8:30pm) and dress warmly. we waited in line for 3 hours but it was worth seeing.
we went back on jan 2 during the day. its a climb to get in the normal way, but they do have buses that take people up and down for free!
5.02 months ago
Incredibly packed during the New Years countdown, but a great experience nonetheless. Tons of festival food, noteworthy architecture and views, and opportunities for prayer service.
4.0a month ago
Gorgeous place, its worth watching a ceremony if the Timing fits. If you dont have much time in the City its not a must have though.