Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Kansai  /  Kyoto Prefecture  /  Kyoto  /  Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

#28 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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.
Create an itinerary including Chion-in Temple
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Chion-in Temple reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
703 reviews
  • 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.....  more »
  • I am not particularly knowledgeable about this temple and can't say much about the history or distinctiveness of it in comparison to other sights in Kyoto, but what struck me about it was the...  more »
  • 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!
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance