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Chion-in

- 知恩院 -
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Temple where you may feel the sense of Jodo-shu, Pure Land Sect, teaching
Located in the back of Yasaka Shrine, Chion-in was established by Ho-nen (1133-1212) who is the founder of Jodo-shu, or Pure Land Sect. His teaching is often called as “Nenbutsu- only” from the fact that only the name of Amitabha is chanted. When you visit there, you may hear the chant from temples that monks are repeating the name of Amitabha. Old temples such as Mieido and Sanmon, the main gate, are designated as National Treasures and various kinds of Buddhism events are held regularly. One of the events is known as “Gohouwa” where you can hear the teaching of Jodo-shu, the ideal method of faith in Buddhism. It is interesting to note that you can have Sho-jin Ryo-ri, a vegetarian cuisine originally derived from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks, for lunch at one of the temples where visitors usually cannot enter. Please refer more information on the 'Note' section below.
Honen Shonin Mido
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Honen Shonin Mido
As Mieido is under renovation until 2019 and you cannot enter there due to its renewal, its main statue called "Zendo-daishi" was transferred to Honen Shonin Mido. Honen Shonin Mido was established in 1635 and you may witness groups of people gathering for Buddhist memorial service. You may also hear monks chanting Amitabha. Please note that you cannot take photos in the hall.
Daisho-ro, Great Bell Tower
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Daisho-ro, Great Bell Tower
You may be astonished by its size and solemnity at a first glance! It was molded in 1636 and is known as one of the Great Bells in Japan. It is a tradition that this bell is tolled at the night of New Year’s Eve by 17 monks. It would be very crowded on that day, but it is worth visiting there to feel the atmosphere of a Japanese New Year!
Visit Hojo Teien, Hojo Garden
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Visit Hojo Teien, Hojo Garden
This garden is designed around a pond and was created in the early Edo period (1600 - 1868). In the back of the garden, you can see a beautiful scenic Higashiyama and it would be very gorgeous especially in autumn season as maple leaves are changing their colors. (Please refer to the 'Fee' section for the entrance fee)
Visit Yuzen-en, Yuzen-en Garden
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Visit Yuzen-en, Yuzen-en Garden
This garden was in connection with Yuzen who was the founder of the Yuzen style of dyeing. The water of pond is from a spring water of Higashiyama and tea room called "Hakuju-an" and "Karei-an" are standing secretly in the back of the garden. Although you cannot have a tea there at the present time, you may feel the history of Japanese tea ceremony. This garden is popular for cherry blossoms whereas Hojo Garden is famous for autumn scenery.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not take a photo inside of the temple. You may see the sign, so please follow as it says.
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Chion-in Temple is near Maruyama Park. How astounding it is to see the huge old-fashioned architecture of the temple! Enjoying Japanese gardens inside brings people a feeling of well-being. In spring and autumn, special nighttime illumination events are held and then you can appreciate a completely different Chion-in Temple!
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Chion-in / 知恩院
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-531-2111
Address 400 Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Directions 8 minute walk from Higashiyama Station on Subway Tozai Line
Open Hours 9:00am - 4:00pm
Reservations Please make a reservation for shojin ryori, a vegetarian cuisine originally derived from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks, at least 5 days prior to the date that you would like to have. Please call +81 75-531-2208 or FAX +81 75-531-2228 for the reservation.
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Notes If you would like to try Sho-jin Ryo-ri, a vegetarian cuisine originally derived from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks, Chion-in serves it for lunch. There are two kinds of offers for Sho-jin Ryo-ri (¥4,000 and ¥3,000) and one regular lunch box (¥1,500). If you order it, you can have your “Sho-jin Ryo-ri” or lunch box in one of the temples in Chion-in where visitors usually cannot enter. Please note that you need to reserve it at least 5 days prior to the date that you would like to have. Please call +81 75-531-2208 or FAX +81 75-531-2228.
Price range
¥300/ adult ¥150/ children for Yuzen-en ¥400/ adult ¥200/ children for Hojo Garden (Common ticket for both Yuzen-en and Hojo Garden costs ¥500)
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English brochures are available at tourist information center at the entrance. You may feel the sense of a teaching of Jodo Shu, Pure Land Sect, as you walk around the temple and overhear the sound of Amitabha chanting.
Information English brochures are available at tourist information center at the entrance
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
URL1 http://www.chion-in.or.jp/e/
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