The main attraction of the Chionin Temple is the Miedo Hall, but don’t get too excited about seeing this as it’s still under renovation. However, do not let this turn you away from visiting Chion-in Temple as it has lots more to offer.
“The Chion-in Temple entrance requires climbing lots of steps”
When walking towards the Chionin temple, which is a bit further up the road from the Shorenin Temple, the first thing you see is a huge building which is known as the Sanmon Gate.
The Sanmon Gate at Chionin Temple in Kyoto
It is slightly raised from the road among some pine trees but you can’t miss it, standing 24 meters tall and 50 meters wide, it is the largest wooden gate in Japan.
To reach the Chion-in Temple you must walk many steps to the top but it is worth it.
There are very nice buildings with lots of character, however, the main part, the Miedo Hall is under restoration until 2019 and is covered as you can see in the top right photo but this still does not disappoint.
When leaving the Chionin Temple via the Sanmon Gate continue on up the road towards