It is a very large temple located against the background of Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo. In 1175, it was founded by Honen Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect) of Buddhism in Japan. Normal temples’ gates are known as Sanmon, with the San written in the Chinese character of mountain, however, the Chion-in’s Sanmon is written in the Chinese character of three. This is in reference to the Sangedatsumon (Three Gates of Liberation), of Kumon (Gate of Emptiness), Musomon (Gate of Formlessness) and Muganmon (Gate of Inaction), from which people can attain Satori (enlightenment). Apart from the magnificent gate, there are many other sightseeing spots. It is unfortunate that the central building of Mieido, a national treasure that houses the image of Honen, is currently closed for major repair work, which is expected to complete in 2019.

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