Chion-in Temple, Higashiyama

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Pay a visit to Chion-in Temple, the main temple of the Jodo-shu branch of Buddhism. Established in 1234 CE by a pupil of Honen, the founder of the first independent branch of Japanese "Pure Land Buddhism," the temple features a large main gate dating back to the 17th century, and a temple bell so large it takes a 25-strong team to ring it. During your visit to the temple, which burnt down in 1633, note the umbrella placed in the rafters outside the main hall. It was put there by one of the architects who rebuilt the temple, in the hope of attracting rain and resisting fire. Plan your visit to Chion-in Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto tour itinerary maker tool .
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  • The temple grounds are beautiful and mesh nicely with neighboring Maruyama Park. Of the bigger temples, this one is the closest to the bustling Sanjo-Shijo district (which I enjoyed staying in) and is...  more »
  • We took a walk. There were a few hydrangeas near the entrance. Because the hospital was under construction, there were few people, too.
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  • Amazing experience, even though the main building was closed for repairs. There is a nice tour featuring two gardens, several shrines and cemeteries for about 600 yen per person. Also, there was not that many people here
  • first of all, i went to chion-in on new years eve for joya no kane — the ringing of the bell. it was a fantastic experience. please go early (like, before 8:30pm) and dress warmly. we waited in line for 3 hours but it was worth seeing. we went back on jan 2 during the day. its a climb to get in the normal way, but they do have buses that take people up and down for free!
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