Chionin Temple 知恩院
The spacious and tranquil heart of Japanese Jodo Buddhism
Wide-open spaces are in short supply in much of Japan, but that is certainly not the case for the grounds of Chionin. After walking through the huge Sanmon gate, visitors will climb a tall stone staircase and enter the expansive world of Jodo Buddhism that is Chionin.
The Sanmon gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan
Chionin contains seven wonders, including a huge rice paddle and a hidden umbrella
Visit tranquil Hojo Garden to see nature perfectly reflected in Shinji Pond
How to Get There
Chionin Temple is only a five-minute walk to the temple from Chionin-mae Bus Stop and around 10 minutes from Higashiyama subway station. Chionin is surrounded by some other temples and shrines, which makes walking a good option for those who want to explore.
Explore the spacious grounds and gardens of Chionin
Temple buildings are not all there is to enjoy at Chionin. As you meander through the 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.
Experience the religious traditions of Japan
As the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism, Chionin 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.