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Chionin Temple

#42 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-8686, Kyoto Prefecture
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09:00 - 16:00
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This temple has a massive wooden entrance way and seemingly unlimited stairways to the main building at the top. i have visited this temple many times and viewed a solar eclipse... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2017
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Nagoya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great experience going up the stairs through the impressive gate, getting lost in various praying shrines and listening to the chanting monks on the way to the top of the mountain. Since it was vernal equinox weekend, many locals were out watering and cleaning their ancestors resting places. The walk up the stairs can be challenging as the steps are... More 

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Locarno, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I decided not to pay the access, as the main hall is undergoing construction work. The front gate is impressive (I think the biggest in Japan) and is free to "underpass".

Thank ziobilly2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the most impressive temple we have visited. Giant stone steps lead up to the temple area. The main temple building is under reconstruction until 2019 but the other buildings are very nice. You can stroll around at your own pace and enjoy the quite. There were dozens of girls dressed in kimono dresses...

Thank Rodney H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

This temple has a massive wooden entrance way and seemingly unlimited stairways to the main building at the top. i have visited this temple many times and viewed a solar eclipse from its top, open space. NHK has filmed this temple during the New Year's season. A worthwhile spot to visit in Higashi-yama.

Thank warren D
Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This was my last stop for the day and I felt there could have been more Beautiful buildings that you can't go into, buildings you can go into and no photos, and charge for a garden 1/4 the size of most places. For a nice relaxing walk, I recommend it. For wanting to view as much of Kyoto as possible... More 

Thank The_Traveling_Ben
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Although the temple complex was under construction when we visited, it was worth the visit just to see the huge 67 tonne bell (the biggest in Japan). The monks were drumming in all of the temple buildings during out visit, which made it stand out from the other temples we have visited.

Thank jenkle89
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The main temple is currently under renovation and is shrouded by a large metallic tent (and out of view). That said, it's worth passing through the large gate and walking throughout the site - the smaller buildings are still accessible.

Thank loveDCA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This Buddhist temple has the largest wooden gate in Japan, dating back to the 1600's. Warning: there are a LOT of steps leading up to the temple grounds, but it was so worth it. We had the opportunity to listen to a monk playing drums inside one of the buildings, and you can walk up to the 70 ton bell... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The payoff for seeing the bell being rung really wasn't worth it. There is no way of knowing how long the line was. 3 hours was tedivuloud

Thank Simon E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The gate at the entrance is colossal, and at the top of the stairs towards the temple you get some good views of the city. Good option if you are in the area

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