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Chion-in Temple

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4.5 (6449)

400 Rinkachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-8686, Japan

Expansive 17th-century temple headquarters of Jodo Shu Buddhism with gardens, events & services.

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Mondays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Kiara a week ago

We stopped under the gate for a respite from an unexpected downpour and while we hadn't been planning on visiting this area, we were very happy to have done so. Even though we were both women, we made our way up the main staircase before we learned about the easier path on our way down. Overall, a very quiet and serene temple that we really enjoyed though in Kyoto, you will almost always be in the presence of many other tourists.

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Chris 2 weeks ago

Wide temple grounds with several impressive buildings. Also known for The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise which was shot here as well. Free entry.

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gabby sm 2 months ago

Visited this beautiful temple on New Year's Eve. We had to wait 2 hours in the cold and rain to get in but it was MORE than worth the wait. A beautiful way to bring in 2024. Truly breathtaking and one of the best experiences of a lifetime!

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Ray Davis 2 months ago

We loved visiting Chion-in Temple. My favorite areas were the gorgeous green gardens. You’ll be requested to wear proper sandals/flip-flops (which they provide) during your garden walk. Walking through their historical gardens felt like entering a serene movie. Accessing Chion-in Temple includes walking up the famously tall set of stairs. Like many of Kyoto’s beautiful temples, Chion-in sits amidst towering trees and forests, so a walk through the temple has a similar essence to a peaceful hike. Friendly visitor tip: if you want to make a full morning in Kyoto, I recommend Kiyomizu-dera, Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka, and then Chion-in. This all makes for a wonderful walking adventure.

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Thomas Delemarre 5 months ago

The Chion-in temple complex is in our top 7 of temple complexes we have visited in Japan. It's a big complex where you can spend some time if you want to look at everything. The main hall is just stunning and if you have the chance make sure to be there when there is a ceremony going on. If you have the time make sure to also check out the garden. Worth the visit!