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Chion-in Temple

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400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-8686, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it was high season when we were in Kyoto, Chion-in Temple was not unpleasantly crowded. When we felt like sitting a while to rest, it was easy to find a bench with space for the three of us. We especially enjoyed some of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Stephanie T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a huge temple, entry door, park. Words can’t describe how big it is. Even with a lot of tourists, didn’t feel crowded at all

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank demelio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple is pretty large and there are lots of buildings to go in for free. It is well worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank B T
Reviewed April 13, 2019

This temple piqued my interest as I was walking down the street, as it was such a grand temple with stairs in the middle (it was quite high actually). With the sakura blooming, the view around the temple was stunning. Although the stairs were quite...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Suli F
Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

The gate to this temple is just massive. Hard to describe or even appreciate in photographs the scale of the temple. Worth the visit.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank MTorre
Reviewed April 10, 2019

One more temple that is very old (nearly 800 years). The story around this sect of Buddhism (Pure Land) seems to be a highly marketable form of the religion. Easy as long as you keep paying into the system. The giant bell was impressive.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 331saibals
Reviewed April 4, 2019

The entrance to the temple complex is beautiful with a set of challenging stairs to gain access. Much was being restored whilst we were there, but a lovely grounds to explore.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

I would rate it in my top5% of most interesting temple of Kyoto. And in Kyoto there are more then 2000!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ponuponas
Reviewed March 29, 2019

Yet another grand large old temple, this one belonging to the Jodo sect, who believe that entrance to Buddha's Western Paradise is obtained by repeatedly chanting praise to Amida Buddha. For me, the best part is the magnificent entrance gate, with huge doors and supporting...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed March 25, 2019

This is a very large Temple compound with a strikingly beautiful massive wouldn’t gate in steep stairs to the top that will provide you with good exercise. Certainly you will stop to view the Gate on your way in Higashi-yama to Yasaka Shrine and eventually...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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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