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Chion-in temple知恩院


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.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Rinkachou 400

phone 0755312111

[Worship times]9:00-16:00

Review of Chionin Temple

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Reviewed:2018/11/11 Not too busy
This is a huge temple complex, which is undergoing renovation. Don’t let that put you of though, it was nice to stroll around. We were there on Sunday afternoon and there weren’t many visitors which...
Reviewed:2018/10/31 Worth the climb up the steps
Beautiful Temple. Set high on hill. Lots of steps to climb. Worth the climb to visit. Part is under construction. Has lovely gardens.
Reviewed:2018/10/27 Sprawling grounds, not many visitors, but major construction work in the centre
Chion-in boasts the largest Sanmon gatehouse and the largest temple bell in Japan. Both are impressive. The main prayer hall was under renovation when I visited. The grounds are fairly large, with a...

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[Worship times]9:00-16:00
open everyday
[GardenAdmission fee to worship/Yuzenen] Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen
[Hojo gardenAdmission fee to worship] Adults 400 yen, Children 200 yen
[common ticket] Adults 500 yen, Children 250 yen
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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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