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  • Address: 400 Hayashi-shita-cho 3-chome, Kyoto 605-0062, Japan
  • Hours: Open daily Mar - Oct: 9am - 4:30pm; Nov - Feb: 9am -4pm. Not all buildings open to the public
  • Admission: ¥400

The classically curved eaves, ceremonial steps and oversized two-story gateway mark Chion-in Temple as something special, even in temple-filled Kyoto.

The main temple of the Jodo school of Buddhism, Chion-in is a very grand affair, focusing on the huge main hall and its image of the sect’s founder, Hōnen. Another building houses a renowned statue of the Buddha.

The beautiful temple gardens are a sight in their own right, threaded with stone paths, steps and Zen water gardens. The view from the Hojo Garden is particularly worth catching.

Practical Info

Chion-in is north of Maruyama Park in southeast Kyoto. Buses run to Chion-in from the city center, and the closest train station is a 10-minute walk away at Higashiyama.

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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus, Kyoto, null
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Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

The best bus system for exploring Kyoto. K'LOOP (Kyoto World Heritage Loop Bus) allows you the freedom to enjoy the World Heritage sites and other important ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.38
Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto, Kyoto, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto

During this experience, you can rent and get dressed in a kimono or yukata (during the summer) in the Gion District of Kyoto. Then have the chance to walk ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Flexible

From USD $30.49
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour, Kyoto, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 90 Reviews

Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.74
Nighttime Tour of Kyoto by Bus, Kyoto, Custom Private Tours
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Nighttime Tour of Kyoto by Bus

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 8 Reviews

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. The bus tour will take you around UNESCO World Heritage sites including To-ji ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.35

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