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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 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755312111

[Worship times]9:00-16:00

Review of Chion-in Temple

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Reviewed:2020/03/01 New Year Bell
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...
Reviewed:2020/01/07 Best temple complex to visit
We (2 adults and 2 teenagers) have visited a few temples and shrines during our time in Japan and this is the most awe inspiring. A huge gate welcomes you and there are numerous buildings in the...
Reviewed:2019/12/26 Amazing temple
Such a serene and calm temple. We went on Christmas day and the prayers were going on. Great to walk around and we even went into thepaid gardens down the steep stonesteps.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Rinkachou 400 [map]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
[Worship times]9:00-16:00
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.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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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.