Chionin（知恩院） is the head temple of the Jodo sect.It has numerous national treasures and important cultural properties, including Sanmon Gate (the largest gate in Japan), one of the three main gates in Kyoto, Mikageido (national treasure), Sutra Repository (important cultural property), and Karamon Gate (important cultural property).
The large bell is rung only on the occasion of Honen Shonin’s “Goyo-no-Taikai”, “New Year’s Eve Bell Trial Ringing” and “New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing” (admission limited to about 300 people, changeover required).
The Sanmon Gate (National Treasure) is usually closed to the public, but you can go up and see the Buddhist statues during special openings.
To get to Chionin from Kyoto Station, take a 15-minute bus ride and a 5-minute walk from the bus stop. Alternatively, take the Kyoto Municipal Subway for a 10-minute ride (not including transfer time) and a 10-minute walk from Higashiyama Station.
|opening hours||9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.※Visiting hours until 4:00 p.m.※Hojo Garden 9:00 - 15:50※Yuzen Garden 9:00-16:00|
|regular closing day||without a holiday|
|entrance fee||free※Hojo Garden Adults 400 yen, children 200 yen※Yuzen-en Adults 300 yen, children 150 yen※Common ticket Adult 500 yen, Child 250 yen|
|bus stop||City bus Gion bus stop※Chionin-mae bus stop is also close by.|
|station||Subway Higashiyama Station※Approx. 10 minutes walk from the nearest station|
|parking lot||Parking lot available (charged)|
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