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Chishaku-in, Kyoto

#41 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Listen to daily chants and drums and follow a morning fire ritual at Chishaku-in, the head temple of the Shingon Buddhist Chizan sect. Famous for its refined "fusuma" paintings of landscapes on the walls of the main chamber, which have been declared a national treasure, the temple also has a meticulous pond garden amid fragrant flowers; you can admire perfectly arranged stones and gravel at the garden. Founded in the 14th century, the temple provides a quiet, less touristy spot in which you can meditate. Check out the small museum, which displays an architecture exhibit, when you visit the temple, which is only a 10-minute walk from Shichijo station. By using our Kyoto trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Chishaku-in and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • It is the headquarters of Shingon sect. Chishaku-in is a big temple in Higashiyama area, but strangely there are not many foreign tourists. To enter the premises is free. But if you go there, I...  more »
  • I finally wanted to see what was behind the wall with the wooden barrier on what seemed the main gate. I walked to the side street and found a wonderful complex of two temples. Quiet and right in...  more »

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