Feb. 07, 2020 UPDATE

Chion-in

- 知恩院 -
Traveler Friendly
English brochures are available at the tourist information center at the entrance. You can feel the teachings of the Jodo Shu, Pure Land Sect, as you walk around the temple and hear the sound of Amitabha chanting.
Information
English brochures are available at tourist information center at the entrance
Languages spoken
Japanese only
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Feb. 07, 2020 UPDATE

Chion-in

- 知恩院 -
Traveler Friendly
English brochures are available at the tourist information center at the entrance. You can feel the teachings of the Jodo Shu, Pure Land Sect, as you walk around the temple and hear the sound of Amitabha chanting.
Information
English brochures are available at tourist information center at the entrance
Languages spoken
Japanese only
1002 25 7.0 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
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 the Pure Land Sect. His teachings are often called “Nenbutsu-only” from the fact that only the name of Amitabha is chanted. When you visit, you might hear the chant from temple monks. The old temples such as Mieido, Sanmon and the main gate, are designated National Treasures and various kinds of Buddhism events are held regularly. One of the events is known as “Gohouwa” where you can hear the teachings of Jodo-shu, the ideal method of worship in Buddhism. It is interesting to note that you can also try 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 to Notes in the Details section below for more information.
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Details
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 wish to have it. Please call +81 75-531-2208 or FAX +81 75-531-2228 for reservations.
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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
If you would like to try Shojin Ryori, a vegetarian cuisine originally derived from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks, Chion-in serves it for lunch. There are two kinds of Sho-jin Ryo-ri on offer (¥4,000 and ¥3,000) and one regular lunch box (¥1,500). If you order one of them, you can have your Shojin Ryori 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 wish to have it. Please call +81 75-531-2208 or FAX +81 75-531-2228.
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