Chionin Temple, Kyoto

Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple


Chion-in is a Buddhist temple and is home to Jo-do Buddhism, founded by Ho-nen in the 12th century.

The temple site is where Honen began to preach his teachings and the place where he died.

The original temple was built in 1234 by Genchi, a disciple of Honen, in memory of his master and was called Chion-in.

A fire destroyed many buildings in 1633, but they were rebuilt by the third Tokugawa Iemitsu shogun. And the temple buildings have survived since then.

Sanmon Gate

The main gate, called “Sanmon” in Japanese, was built in 1619 and is the largest structure of its kind in Japan. It is declared a National Treasure of Japan. It appears in the popular American movie “The Last Samurai” as a gate of Imperial Palace.



From Chionin-Mae bus stop or Higashiyama (Kyoto Subway) station

Entrance fee (both Yuzenen Garden and Hojo-Teien Garden):

Adult 500 yen, Elementary and Junior high school student 250 yen.


From 6:00 to 16:00 (subject to change by the season)