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.