Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was another late addition to our trip having read about it in the Rough Guide. It's a massive complex and the buildings are all huge. We spent a good amount of time here after finding a place to leave our bicycles. The gardens are nice but you can see most of the temple area without paying for them - they aren't as big as we'd expected but we didn't begrudge the entrance fee. The bell requires 17 people to be able to ring it - it's pretty big!

The grounds are really pretty and there were lots of trees blossoming too.
Written 1 May 2024
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This large temple complex is the headquarters of the Jodo-shu sect, occupying prime real estate on the mountain next to Maruyama gardens. It's a working temple marked by an imposing gate - when i visited on a rainy summer day, the believers significantly outnumbered the tourists (all 3 of us). Historically, this was the home temple of Ieasu Tokugawa. Worth visiting.
Written 5 August 2022
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ManchesterAlbion
Manchester824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Chion-in temple is very striking, partly because of its scale. Walking to the top offers some super views.

It is a very short walk from Gion and it is equally easy to combine it with Shoren-in, which is only a few minutes’ walk away.
Written 24 November 2022
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Daniel Setiawan
South Tangerang, Indonesia169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a nice temple famous for their bell in new year. I don't 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 by walking from yasaka, around 15 minutes.
Written 1 March 2020
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Chion-in Temple is a Kyoto gem! The grand Sanmon gate and imposing stairs create a majestic entrance. The vast grounds offer a serene escape, and witnessing the priests' chanting of nembutsu adds a spiritual touch. Take your time to explore and absorb the profound atmosphere, making it a truly special and memorable experience in Japan.
Written 21 July 2023
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Lance Kerwin
Tromso, Norway604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Chion-in Temple is one of the main highlights in Kyoto which (in my opinion) should not be miss. This Temple is absolutely worth visiting. However itcan get too crowded during the day. So I recommen, for the sake of good photos, to see this place in an early morning.
Written 12 January 2021
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Ted C
La Mesa, CA190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
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 distinguished in its architecture, but if you have seen one temple gate the pattern runs familiar. I personally find the location, setting, surroundings and background of the gate at Nanzenji to be far superior however, that is a matter of taste.

As for the temple itself it is currently under wraps as the tile roof is being replaced or restored. From what little of the Japanese I could read on the sign the target for completion is early 2019. Hence you may want to defer your visit to this particular temple until then.
Written 4 December 2018
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Tote919
Bangkok, Thailand5,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
This temple is located between Maruyama Park and Shorenin Temple, with spacious temple ground, pretty gardens and large buildings. There is a huge sanmon gate at the entrance (largest wooden gate in Japan). You have to climb up the stairs. Need to walk quite a lot, so please prepare enough time and wear very comfortable shoes.
Written 9 February 2018
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dharmathug
New York City, NY269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The massive main building is an architectural marvel. Legend has it that monks used their braided hairs to lift the massive beams during construction, as rope wasn't strong enough. Now that's some tough hair!

The steps leading up to the viewing deck are very steep - and if you have fear of heights, should be avoided. My friend toughed it out but it was hard. Once on top you have a great view of Kyoto and the beautiful construction of the pavilion. Inside, a room with incredible paintings on the ceiling, that you are not allowed to photograph.

Rant: how many times does this happen in Kyoto? A LOT! It's a ridiculous policy that should be abolished, especially as you are paying to see them! Well, I did, sneakily, and in other places I saw tourists doing so as well, brazenly. With nary a comment from the guards supposedly at work preventing this.

After some time here, I went on to the other beautiful temples laid out behind, and the several gardens. I only had an hour and that was not really enough, as they are really beautiful. Amazing gardens here. Wish I had had more time.

This is one of the spectacular must see locations in Kyoto.
Written 3 December 2019
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Abhijit S
Singapore, Singapore101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
A collection of austere shrines. The services were on when we visited and the atmosphere was sombre and reverential. Worth a visit.
Written 17 November 2019
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