- Located nearby the famous Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park and Kodaiji Temple, the Chion-in Temple is the head temple of Jodo Shu Buddhism. The temple was built in the place where the sect’s founder Honen spent his final years, and the current large buildings on the temple grounds are said to have been built from the Edo Era.
- In addition to the national treasure “Mieido Hall”, the temple is famous for the Daishoro bell tower that houses the bell used to ring in the new year and for its nightingale floors, but the main attraction is the Hojo Garden designed by a monk who was an acquaintance of Kobori Enshu. Located next to the majestic hojo halls, together they create an aesthetic feel overflowing with emotional beauty.
- Shinobu Nakai