Chion-in

  • Address: 400 Rinka-chō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture ( rough location)
  • Founder: Honen
  • Founded: 1175

The head temple of Jōdo Sect. This temple was build where Hōnen, the founder of Jōdo Sect, spent his latter half of his life and its existing large scale buildings were built after the Edo Period.
The Sanmon, main gate, facing west standing in the middle of a steep stone stairs is the tallest of all Sanmons of Japan (24m), taller than the Nandaimon (South Grand Gate) of Tōdai-ji. This steep stairs of stone was used for the location of The Last Samurai of Tom Cruise. The Amida Nyodai in the Amidadō (Pavilion of Amida) is very handsome.






The Sanmon, main gate with a height of 24 meters




The width of this gate is 50 meters




This gate was built in 1621 by the order of Hidetada,
the second shogun of Tokugawa Shogunate




Stone steps used for the location of the film "The Last Samurai"




Beautiful green of maple leaves




The "Amidadō" which enshrines a beautiful statue of "Amida-nyorai",
Buddha Amitabha




"Unpan", a kind of gong to announce the time of meals




Gables and a Chinese style roof of "Shin-genkan", the new entrance




Close-up of the gables of the above photo




In the Garden




"Yuzen-en" Garden




The Sanmon seen from the top of the stone steps




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