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Chionji Temple

#164 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 103 Tanaka Monzencho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8225, Kyoto Prefecture
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Another good temple

I think I have seen too many by the time I saw this one so they are all starting to look the same. If you are in this area you should stop here.

Reviewed 3 January 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Nope! On a rainy day the monthly handicrafts market held on the temple grounds on the 15 day will be cancelled. Nope! It is conducted. On a rainy day the crowds will be smaller. Nope! Everyone in Kyoto is there along with visiting family and friends and the tsunami of tourists. It will be easy to find snacks and treats... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

I think I have seen too many by the time I saw this one so they are all starting to look the same. If you are in this area you should stop here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015

We've visited about a dozen temples in Kyoto and this was my absolute favorite. While their main building is being reconstructed, you can still see monks on the grounds praying. There were few tourists and we were able to go inside (no shoes of course) and observe monks performing a memorial service for a family, which was an incredibly education... More 

1 Thank Kateryna G
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Visit this temple at night. It is truly magical! The path is illuminated and the temple itself has a golden glow. If you walk from this temple towards Yasaka shrine, you will find little statues along the way. You can touch little Budhas for good luck and prosperity.

Thank Nina B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

As mentioned by Holly J, the handicraft market is on the 15th of every month. The temple grounds are filled with vendors selling traditional & contemporary crafts such as pottery, wood crafts, clothing made from kimono fabric, children's clothing, jewelry, leather goods, pastry, beads, components to make jewelry, and more! I could easily spend 4 hours there and plan to... More 

2 Thank SanseiSenior
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Found this temple by mistake when I was looking for Chion-IN. They are both Jodo sect Buddhist temples. Chionji is more properly known as Hyakumanben Chionji which refers to the million times a 14th century priest chanted the Nenbutsu to halt a deadly epidemic. The temple is famous for the huge string of JUZU beads strung around the main hall... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

I walked here in 15 minutes from the Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop arriving on Bus 100 which I boarded at the Kyoto Bus Terminal in front of Kyoto Station. This is a larger shrine and very impressive situated in a residential area of Kyoto. It is a massive structure and has a number of outer buildings which I have posted pictures... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

If you find yourself in Kyoto on the 15th of the month, you must make your way to the Tezukuri 'Handmade' Flea Market at Chionji. My family was overwhelmed by the size and variety of goods on sale. Every inch of the large temple grounds is used for it. We arrived near the start of the morning and there were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Lucky enough to be at this Temple during the Lantern Festival in March 2013. They had a spectacular light show projected onto the temple. Was absolutely mesmerising. The show was free, but there is a temple entrance fee.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is a review of the market held on the 15th day of each month at the Chionji Temple, not a review of the temple. This fabulous market has hundreds of stalls selling mostly modern Japanese handicrafts, many with a traditional element (such as brooches, bags and clothes made of old kimono fabric; new clothes, beautifully made in modern Japanese... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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