Chion-in Temple in Higashiyama Area

Chion-in Temple

About Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple is a Buddhist temple located in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan. It was founded in 1234 by the priest Genchi, who was a disciple of Honen, the founder of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism. The temple is known for its large wooden gate, which is one of the largest in Japan, and its beautiful gardens.

Things to See and Do

  • Visit the Sanmon Gate - This massive wooden gate is one of the largest in Japan and is a symbol of Chion-in Temple.
  • Explore the gardens - Chion-in Temple has several beautiful gardens, including the Yuzen-en Garden, which is known for its pond and waterfall.
  • See the Main Hall - The Main Hall of Chion-in Temple is where the head priest gives sermons and is also where the temple's most important ceremonies are held.
  • Visit the Bell Tower - The Bell Tower of Chion-in Temple is home to a large bronze bell that weighs over 70 tons. It is rung only on special occasions.

Getting There

Chion-in Temple is located in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan. The nearest train station is Higashiyama Station, which is on the Tozai subway line. From there, it is a 10-minute walk to the temple.

Approximate Latitude and Longitude

35.0030° N, 135.7823° E