History & highlights

Introduction to the Buildings on the Chion-in Grounds

Buildings large and small are spread throughout the temple grounds: on the upper level, there is the mausoleum where Hōnen is enshrined, the middle level is occupied by major temple buildings such as the Mieidō (hall that houses the image of Hōnen) and the Shūedō (assembly hall), and on the lower level, there is the magnificent Sanmon (main gate). The following buildings on the temple grounds have been designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.