Chion-in Temple

Head temple of the Jodo Sect which has Japan's largest Sanmon (main gate)

Head temple of the Jodo Sect which has Japan's largest Sanmon (main gate)

It is an emormous temple located against the background of the 36 mountain peaks of the Hagashiyama Mountain. In 1175, it was founded by Honen Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect) of Buddhism in Japan. For all other temples, the main gate “Sanmon” is written in the Chinese characters meaning a “mountain gate”.

 

However, the Chion-in’s Sanmon is written in Chinese characters meaning “three gates”. This is in reference to the Sangedatsumon (Three Gates of Liberation), of Kumon (Gate of Emptiness), Musomon (Gate of Formlessness) and Muganmon (Gate of Inaction), from which people can attain Satori (enlightenment). Apart from the magnificent gate, there are many other sightseeing spots, such as Daishoro and the National Treasure Mieido.

Information

Address
400 Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-City, Kyoto 605-8686
Access
8-minute walk from Higashiyama Station (subway).
14-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station (Keihan).
24-minute bus ride from Kyoto Station (JR) to Chion-in Mae bus stop.
Phone
075-531-2111
Hours
9:00-16:00
Holidays
None
Admission
Yuzen’en Garden
High school students and above 300 yen
Elementary and junior high student 150 yen
Hojo Garden
400 yen
Both Gardens
High school students and above 500 yen
Elementary and junior high student 250 yen
Website
https://www.chion-in.or.jp/en/