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Chishaku-in, Kyoto

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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... 
    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... 
    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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