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
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
5.02 weeks 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.
5.02 weeks ago
We joined “New Year Tour” on 1st Jan 2019.
Experienced buddhist prayer tapping “Mokugyo” literally means “wooden fish”, fish shaped wooden gong.
Touched the big belfry which is one of the Japan three biggest belfry.
This belfry is rang 108 times on new years eve from 11pm to 1am.
The bel is so big that 17 monks get their powers to ring it every 1 minute.
It was good tour for the beginning of the year.
5.0a month ago
Absolutely beautiful, must see on your visit to Kyoto. The grounds are well preserved and make the visit enjoyable and even serene despite the number of tourists flocking here.
Makes for a enjoyable walking tour with eateries and shops all along the way. A definite must see tour of Kyotos Southern Higashiyama district. I recommend the route sloping downwards from the Kiyomizu-dera temple, along the Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka towards Chion-in. From there you can continue towards the Yasaka shrine.
The walk captures a couple preserved streets that for a glimpse into what Kyoto may have been in the past.
5.07 months ago
Temple with a unique building design, brown with wood carvings on the front. Being on the roadside, so easy to find. The park inside the temple is also spacious and can be visited by tourists.