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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5.02 months 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.
5.0a month ago
Really beautiful. Well worth going to the top as many people do not make the effort so it is worry and beautiful up there. Its a large complex up the top, extending up into the mountain with views, bird song and stunning trees
5.02 weeks ago
Very nice temple! The gardens nearby are also very pretty and relaxing. You also get a very nice view at the top!
5.02 months ago
Beautiful and massive Shinto temple and shrine area. I felt quite dwarfed in comparison to some of the large structures. Some of the structures are enormous. The temples are active as well. We heard monks chanting in the background and walking in prayer which was an amazing experience. Definitely worth checking this place out.
4.02 months ago
As beautiful of a shrine as they come in Kyoto. While not the most popular, it's also to its benefit as it doesn't get flooded with tourists as much as the usual hot spots in Kyoto. Unfortunately the main temple is undergoing some work and is expected to only be open by 2020. However, there's still plenty to view on site!