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Chion-in

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.

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
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Kyoto Rickshaw TourLuxury Tours

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Hop aboard a traditional rickshaw with a private guide for a journey through the atmospheric streets of beautiful Kyoto. Depending on the ride length you select, be peddled through the serene shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood, discovering its picturesque Bamboo Grove, or admiring the wooden structures and ancient alleys of the Higashiyama district.
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Springtime In Kyoto: Private Cherry Blossoms, Parks & City Tour

Explore Kyoto during one of the most enchanting times of the year! As the cherry blossoms start blooming in spring, the city transforms into a floral landscape that is a flurry of pink. Visit public parks and gardens, and relish in the simple yet sublime pleasure of “Hanami,” also known as flower viewing. On this personalized tour, visit a canal inclined plane system, which is also an industrial heritage site. Stroll along the old railway track lined with rows of blossoming cherry blossom trees that resemble a floral tunnel. For some family-friendly fun time, let your host show you the location of Kyoto City Zoo, which is home to many different species of animals. Continue your Hanami experience by visiting the oldest park in Kyoto, a historic area that was once home to several temples. Witness the famous weeping cherry trees, see the place come to life in the evening when it is lit up, and take a relaxing stroll around this majestic park.
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Kyoto Geisha Private Tour with a LocalPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Kyoto Geisha Private Tour with a Local

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Kyoto’s charm is a combination of geisha culture, ancient temples, and age-old traditions that are still preserved and revered in the ex-capital of Japan. On this private tour, you can experience an authentic Kyoto. Join your local host and visit the renowned geisha district, Gion. See geishas in traditional kimonos and powdered white oshiroi makeup strolling through historic streets. Check out from old tea houses to textile shops and artisanal boutiques housed in wooden townhouses. Hear stories of their life-long training, learn the intricacies of the art of geisha entertainment, and step briefly into their high-cultured flower and willow world. Go in-depth inside Kyoto’s roots and visit inspiring pagodas and shrines built centuries ago, each bearing a unique story featuring deities, monsters, and heroes. On this private tour, the host will introduce you to the history of Kyoto and help you understand Japanese religion and the way of life.
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Secret Eastern Kyoto Biking Adventure

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* we provide interesting tours !! * If you want to explore Kyoto, you should choose the Biking tour because a bus or walking tour takes much longer time to arrive at your destinations.By riding bikes with us, you will be able to visit some famous spots within relatively short period of time because we use some back streets. You may think this 3 hours bike ride is too long for you ,, but we will guide you with a lot of descriptions of Japanese and Kyoto culture so you will not become bored with us.Also visiting a real temple and trying real Green tea will be one of the most memorable experiences in Kyoto! Let's enjoy riding bikes and take great photos to maximize your Kyoto trip! Jump on a bicycle and enjoy the unique sights of Kyoto.Pedal through temples, stroll among shrines, and sip green tea while viewing exquisite hidden gardens.In addition we will take you to see some delightful unexpected sights.
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Kyoto's inclusive walking tour with lunchWalking Tours

Kyoto's inclusive walking tour with lunch

This 1 day exclusive walking tour gives you general information of Kyoto city and Japanese cultures including Japanese customs, culture differences between some cities. You could try Real matcha tea at authentic Tea house in Kyoto This tour covers pretty much all touristic areas in Kyoto except Kinkakuji, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Kitano tenmangu. Kiyomizu Temple. We walk throught the city from South to East to West, We sometimes use Train to short cut some areas. Also We will have lunch at Local Restaurant
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Easy Pacing Kyoto Half Day TourHalf-day Tours

Easy Pacing Kyoto Half Day Tour

If you are a casual tourist like me, and not interested in hustling between too many spots during your trip.Then this tour is exactly what you need! We focus on southern and eastern Kyoto. For starter, we visit Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, the most popular shrine in Kyoto well-known for thousands of magnificent Toriis. Then take subway to Higashiyama district,where you can expect to see many historic shrines and temples. We will take a nice walk around this well-preserved area to enjoy the tranquillity of old capital and learn the interesting stories behind it. Walking through famous Geisha street, Hanamikoji street, we end this tour at downtown Kyoto. Multiple choices of transportation for you to take, our local guides are more than happy to give you some advices for your travel plan later.
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Gion and Geisha spotting area guided tour in KyotoHalf-day Tours

Gion and Geisha spotting area guided tour in Kyoto

17:00 Meeting at the pickup place ( or in Gion area). 17:30 Izumo no Okuni statue and Kaboki drama explanation 18:00 Shinbashi street, Geisha and Maiko explanation, Chionin temple gate 18:30 Maruyama Park and Yasaka shrine 19:00 Haname Street, Teahouse, Geisha and Maiko spotting areas 19:30 Pontocho and dinner 20:00 tour finish
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Kyoto Japanese Life TourCultural Tours

Kyoto Japanese Life Tour

When you join this tour, you will discover how the Japanese people actually live. It is sometimes said that Japan is a non-religious country, but is that really true? In Japan today, the faith that has been integrated into daily life. It seems to be hidden and is not visible from the outside. In the Furukawacho area, which is the main part of the tour, we can still see many Japanese lifestyles that can not be seen just by simply sightseeing. While viewing the beautiful scenery of the nearby Shirakawa river and the temples and shrines in this tour, you will learn how they relate to daily life in Kyoto. The tour also includes San-mon grand gate, which is a national treasure of Chion-in Temple. Its massive presence will make you stunned and overwhelmed. This tour will not only uncover these many hidden treasures for you but also give you an inside look into the history and culture of Kyoto. Join the community and go beyond the surface.
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What are Chion-in hours of operation?
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Chion-in hours of operation: Open daily Mar - Oct: 9am - 4:30pm; Nov - Feb: 9am -4pm. Not all buildings open to the public. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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