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Chionin Temple

400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-8686, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-531-2111
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400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-8686, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-531-2111
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gates to this tempe are massive and open up to a huge staircase up to the main temple area. The main building is under renovation so we wandered around to see the outer buildings and the bell tower. If you have time, this temple...More

Thank LGB65
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I wanted great pictures without crowds, so we took the earliest bus from Kyoto Station and got to Chion-in right before they rolled back the gates at 6am. We used Google maps on our phone for navigating the streets (we have Sprint), and arukumachikyoto for...More

1  Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 16 August 2017

In itself not so much of interest. However many might recognise this place from the movie Last Samurai. Parts of this movie were recorded at this temple. Especially the long stairs towards the temple were used. Great movie by the way.

Thank olafoomes
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This temple is right in the middle of Kyoto but is quite " neglected " by the average tourist as every one prefers the Kinkaku-ji and a few other more famous attractions . The temple and the surrounding area is big but the very pleasant...More

Thank Raymond W
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Stop by in chionin temple is good for pictures. People said this temple was film of last samurai. Worth to visit

Thank Edwin L
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

The temple has rich history, but is under renovation and for us the main draw was enormous working 17th century bell, weighing 73 ton with 3 percent gold. The bell is striking. You can walk the rest of the grounds if you have time. The...More

Thank ldjs
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We located this place by getting on to a wrong bus and the dropped is near to higashiyama. The place is a hidden gym and requires a bit of stair climbing. At the top of this place, there are couple of temples and we were...More

Thank Syed S
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

We went here expecting to simply check out the truly massive, imposing gate and steps, but we were lured in by the sound of drumming worship. The main temple is closed for construction, but that hardly mattered. This is clearly a vibrant, active center of...More

1  Thank jloug
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Like so many structures in Japan, this is another amazing example of Japanese buildings. Surrounding by lovely gardens, the temple entrance is a wide and steep stairway that leads through into the maze of buildings. Renovations were being done so some areas were out of...More

Thank Mandy L
Reviewed 29 April 2017

With all the reviews I read talking about the immense and impressive size of the main hall, I was so disappointed to find the main hall closed for restoration. One of the employees told me it wouldn't be finished for a few more years. Still,...More

Thank rwheeler50
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Response from ldjs | Reviewed this property |
You could stop by for a couple minutes to take pictures and admire the bell which is amazing. There is an approach just to see the bell. There are so many magnificent as well as lower key temples and shrines in Kyoto, I... More