Chion-in Temple is the head temple of the Jodo allegiance of the Japanese Buddhism. The temple consists of colossal structures and buildings, and has a vast grounds as well.
The main entrance gate called Sanmon Gate stands 24 meters tall and 50 meters wide, which makes it the largest wooden gate in Japan. The massive gate leads the visitors to a stairway to the buildings. The temple also enshrines Amida Nyorai. There is also a mausoleum that contains the ashes of Honen, the founder of the Jodo sect of Buddhism.
The Miedo Hall (main hall) still undergoes major reconstruction, started on 2012 until 2019. Temporarily, the Honen Shoin Mido Hall is used for the main ceremonies.
Apart from the colossal entrance gate, the temple is also known to have the largest bell in the world from the 17th to the 19th century. There are also picturesque gardens to spend your quiet time, such as the Hojo and Yuzen gardens.
The temple also neighbors Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park, which you can include in your bucketlist in your Higashiyama District Tour.
Chion-in Temple is ten minutes on foot from Higashiyama Station (Tozai Line), which is 15 minutes from Kyoto Station. It can also be accessed via Shijo Station or Sanjo Station on Keihan Line. Alternatively, it can be accessed by bus ride from Kyoto Station to Chionin-mae bus stop by Kyoto City Bus 206.
Chionin Temple is open all year round. The temple grounds are always open, but the structures within the complex can only be entered from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (entry until 4:00 PM). Admission is free, except for the Hojo and Yuzen Gardens, which entrance fee costs 500 yen (combined ticket), 400 yen (Hojo Garden only), and 300 yen (Yuzen Garden only).
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