We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Chionin Temple

#45 of 1,108 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-8686, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 75-531-2111
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
More Info
and up
Kyoto World Heritage Hop-On Hop-Off Loop Bus
More Info
and up
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 466 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 42
  • 58
    Very good
  • 19
  • 4
  • 1

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mandy L
Add Photo Write a Review

466 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 124: English reviews
Level Contributor
176 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 bounds, however it was certainly worth visiting.

Thank Mandy L
Level Contributor
29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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, it is close to other attractions so worth the visit.

Thank rwheeler50
Level Contributor
63 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking past you won't miss the entrance here, as the main gate is absolutely massive! Behind the main gate is a large steep staircase leading up to the main area, though if you go to the right of the main gate there is an alternative path intended as the entrance, which is more modern that has shallower steps and a... More 

Thank Matt B
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
353 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This temple was quite large with sprawling grounds and many steps. There was some sort of religious ceremony going on in the worship hall and we were allowed to go in and watch. It looked to be televised or recorded. No idea what was happening but it was nice to observe and the chanting was lovely to listen to. Wear... More 

Thank JLandMike
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
137 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Visited as we were staying locally. Peaceful and less crowded than some areas. Enjoyable walk and external views of the temple and some other buildings. Set in extensive grounds so nice area for a walk.

Thank ofoww
Hinckley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
443 reviews
249 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This temple is partly being reconstructed and won't be finished until 2019 What you can see is impressive The gate is huge, and the steps are very high and hard to climb if you are in your 60's like me!

Thank Sue K
Nagoya, Japan
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

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 

Thank TravelJunkieOttawa
Locarno, Switzerland
Level Contributor
100 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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
Level Contributor
143 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 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
Level Contributor
875 reviews
498 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
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

Travellers who viewed Chionin Temple also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Been to Chionin Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chionin Temple and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Chionin Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?