"Chion-in Temple" Chion-in Temple Tip by Ines28

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto: 7 reviews and 18 photos

  Chion-in Temple
by Ines28

Chion-in was built in 1234 on the site where a famous priest named Honen had taught and eventually fasted to death.
The oldest of the present buildings date back to the 17th century. The two-storey Sanmon, a Buddhist temple gate at the main entrance, is the largest temple gate in Japan. The immence main hall contains an image of Honen. In another hall stands a statue of Amida Buddha, which is glowing in the darkness.
Most of the building of this temple are very large and impressive, but there are bus loads of tourists, some of the buses even stopping within the temple compound.
Open 9 am - 16.10 pm to enter the Hojo Garden
Entry: free (Yen 400 to enter the Hojo Garden)

Address: Eastern Kyoto
Directions: Access by Tozai subway line, Higashiyama Station
Bus no. 206 from Kyoto station, get off at the Chion-in-mai stop

Phone: 075-531-2111

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 17, 2005
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