Chion-in, located in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, is a temple of the Jodo (Pure Land) sect of Buddhism. The temple was originally built as a zenbo (priests living quarters within a temple) by the priest Honen, founder of the Jodo sect. The gate, designated by the Japanese government an Important Cultural Property, is the largest wooden gate in Japan. Other Important Cultural Properties at the temple are buildings such as the Kyo-zo (storehouse for sculptures), Miei-do (hall enshrining the founder of the sect), Dai-hojo (room for the head priest), Sho-hojo, Chokushi-mon (gate for Imperial messengers), Dai-shoro (large bell tower) and Kuri (kitchen and living quarters for priests). The temple is also renowned for its Uguisu-bari (literally "bush warbler floor boards"), a corridor which, when walked upon, sounds like the singing of a bird.'
Address: 400 Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Hojo Garden: 400 yen (regular fee) Yuzen-en Garden: 300 yen For both gardens: 500 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Kyoto Station/Bus/20 min./Chion-in-mae Bus Stop/On foot/10 min.