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Chion-in Temple - The Large and Small Abbot’s Chambers, and the Garden <Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>

The Permanent Cemetery for the Tokugawa Family, A Magnificent Piece of Architecture

Because Chion-in Temple was the Head Temple for the Jodo Sect of Buddhism and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first of the Tokugawa Shoguns, was a believer in its teachings, the temple was protected by the Shogun’s family. The temple, located in the east of Kyoto, was extremely large and was home to a magnificent monastery. One of “Seven Wonders of Chion-in,” was its Nightingale Hallways. These hallways lead into the Large Abbot’s Chamber, which houses the”Jodan no Ma,” and “Tsuru no Ma,” rooms equipped with a space for guards to hide, and the “Kiku no Ma,” a room known for the image on its painted sliding doors called “Nuke-suzume” (The Sparrows that Flew Away). Each room is a magnificent display decorated with gold-foil pressed room partitions produced by Naonobu and Nobumasa Kano, famous painters from the Kano School of art. In contrast to that, in the Kohojo (Important Cultural Property), you can see walls decorated with ink paintings. Furthermore, you can see the Hojo Garden, which is said to have been created by a monk, Gyokuen, making use of the topography of the foot of Higashiyama eastern mountains of Kyoto.

<Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>
Kyoto is well known for its natural splendor, including cherry blossoms and picturesque autumn foliage, but in order to promote Kyoto's more profound charms, like its cultural properties, and traditional culture and industries during the winter season, we are holding the “Kyo no Fuyu no Tabi” Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign. During this period, we hope to have visitors enjoy this side of the city and spend a relaxing time touring. This winter, spend a luxurious time in Kyoto.

*This event is a special openings of cultural heritages. (Not regularly open to the public)

Date & Time

January 20th, 2020 – March 18th, 2020
10:00 - 16:20 *Last Admission : 15:40
*Closed on January 29th – 31st, February 27th – 28th


Chion-in Temple - The Large and Small Abbot’s Chambers, and the Garden


10 minute walk from Higashiyama Station, Subway Tozai Line
10 minute walk from Chion-in bus stop, Bus #206


Adults and Children 13 and over: 600JPY
Children aged 6 – 12: 300JPY


Kyoto City Tourism Association (Tel: +81-75-213-1717)


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