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Chion-in Temple

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400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-8686, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews under renovation sanmon gate main hall maruyama park wooden gate sprawling grounds huge bell monks chanting stair climbing worth a visit under repair worth the climb nightingale floor lovely garden great pictures an amazing experience entrance fee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently stopped by Chionin as my wife wanted to go back and for the life of me I could not remember ever having been to that particular temple. The gate of the temple is huge, said to be the largest in Kyoto, not particularly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ted C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went during autumn season, the illumination and maple make a very good combo. The main building walk-up is a highlight as not many temple has either the size nor are they open for visit. The ceiling artwork at the main alter is magnificent and seeing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 106christie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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 made a nice change given how busy some of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Beautiful Temple. Set high on hill. Lots of steps to climb. Worth the climb to visit. Part is under construction. Has lovely gardens.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gatornutbob
Reviewed 27 October 2018

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 cemetery at the back. The whole place – a practising temple –...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank F8714PNalexw
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Good sized temple with many colorful buildings. We visited this as part of our Gion visit and it was very pleasant. Definitely worth the time. Several food and drink stands were on the temple grounds which was very convenient. Not as busy as Kiyomizudera Temple...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jfurukaw
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This place was quite the surprise. We had no preconceive idea of what to expect. The temple was very large, and there were services being held as we toured the place. The buildings and shrines were in great condition. The only issue we had was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TrailBlazer817834
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Nice temple area - quite picturesque. Not as busy (not sure if it was due to the temple renovations), but worth visiting if you are nearby.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank divl2014
Reviewed 11 August 2018

The temple and (especially) the gate look very nice. Unfortunately they are doing restorations, which ruins the view on the temple a bit. The garden looks great.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jolav12
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Went here to escape the crowds. We had a wonderful visit, enjoying both the gardens and the other buildings that were open. We watched and listened to the monks chanting and very much liked that it is a working temple. Both of the gardens were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from ldjs | Reviewed this property |
You could stop by for a couple minutes to take pictures and admire the bell which is amazing. There is an approach just to see the bell. There are so many magnificent as well as lower key temples and shrines in Kyoto, I... More