Chion-in Temple

Sightseeing information about Chion-in Temple in Japan.

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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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4.0a year 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..

5.09 months ago

Chionin (知恩院) is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism, which has millions of followers and is one of the most popular Buddhist sects in Japan. The temple has spacious grounds and large buildings. Visitors will surely notice the temple when they come across its massive Sanmon Gate.

5.0a year ago

Inside the Mieido Hall is so beautiful and calm.

4.0a month ago

(Trip was made back then on 1 Dec 2019, 2 years before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit)

Chionin is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism and is one of the most popular Buddhist sects in Japan.

The Sanmon Gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan and the impressive scale sets the tone of the equally spacious grounds and large buildings inside.

Thought it might not be as outstanding as Yasaka Shrine, it’s still impressive in it’s own way and worth a visit if you have time.

When we revisited Chionin on Sunday night 2 years ago on 1 Dec 2019, it was the last day of their night illumination, and unfortunately the autumn foliage night illumination was very lacklustre, most likely because it’s already the start of winter and most of the trees have already shed their leaves. Probably would have been better if we were here during mid- November when it was still the peak season.

Nevertheless, the lighting effect was much better than Eigenji’s, as Chionin was better at highlighting the building features and landscape.

5.010 months ago

This is the head temple of Jōdo-shu, a Buddhist sect, and you must come here. Everything is at another level and worth a glance. I watched their religious routine and it was breathtaking and overwhelming regardless of my own belief.

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