Chion-in temple

This Buddhist temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City is the head temple of the Jodo Pure-land Buddhist Sect. It was founded on the grounds where Pure-land Sect founder Honen built a thatched hut and passed away. After his death the Tokugawa family expanded the grounds and began construction of what would be the large-scale temple. National Treasures of Japan on the ground include the Miedo Hall and the three main gates before the temple while the Karamon gate and the great bellower have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. A definite point to see are the three two-story wooden gates before the temple, which are the largest in Japan. * The Miedo Hall is closed for repair until 2020.

Spot details

Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Rinkachou 400
open everyday
[GardenAdmission fee to worship/Yuzenen] Adults300yen, Children150yen
[Hojo gardenAdmission fee to worship] Adults400yen, Children200yen
[Common ticket] Adults500yen, Children250yen
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Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of May 22, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Chion-in Temple
    5.0 Reviewed : 2021.01.12
    Chion-in Temple is one of the main highlights in Kyoto which (in my opinion) should not be miss. This Temple is absolutely worth visiting. However itcan get too crowded during the day. So I recommen...
  • Great temple and incredible steps leading up to it!
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.11.19
    I am not particularly knowledgeable about this temple and cant say much about the history or distinctiveness of it in comparison to other sights in Kyoto, but what struck me about it was the...
  • New Year Bell
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.01
    This is a nice temple famous for their bell in new year. I dont see many tourist here may be because it was there in december. This temple is not far from yasaka shrine so you can visit this temple...

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