Wide-open spaces are in short supply in much of Japan, but that is certainly not the case for the grounds of Chion-in. After walking through the huge Sanmon gate, visitors will climb a tall stone staircase and enter the expansive world of Jodo Buddhism that is Chion-in.
The Sanmon gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan
Chion-in contains seven wonders, including a huge rice paddle and a hidden umbrella
Visit tranquil Hojo Garden to see nature perfectly reflected in Shinji Pond
Located in Kyoto, Chion-in is easy to reach from Kyoto Station by bus, subway or taxi.
Chion-in Temple is only a five-minute walk to the temple from Chionin-mae Bus Stop, and around 10 minutes from Higashiyama subway station. Chion-in is surrounded by a number of other temples and shrines, which makes walking a good option for those who want to explore.
Temple buildings are not all there is to enjoy at Chion-in. As you meander through the devotional buildings, you will find two gardens: Hojo Garden and Yuzen Garden. Both offer beautiful places to get in touch with nature, with expansive views stretching back to the Higashiyama mountains.
As the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism, Chion-in Temple is full of opportunities to explore religious tradition. You can see the devotional statue of the sect's founder, and visit the mausoleum that contains his ashes.