Visiting Our Temple

Chishakuin Main Head Temple provides funerary rites and assists with prayers for 3,000 temples of the Shingon Chisan school, and it is located in Higashiyama Kyoto (around ten minutes by bus from Kyoto station). At Chishakuin, there are many temple buildings and precious items of cultural heritage. Of note are the works of Hasegawa Tōhaku and his apprentices, “Maple” and “Pine and Hollyhock” as well as the work of Tōhaku’s son Kyūzō, “Cherry Blossom.” These are representative works of Momoyama period wall paintings as well as proud examples of Japan’s first-class paintings. In addition, the scenic garden on the east side of the Ōjoin Study Hall was created during the Momoyama period and is famous for being a favorite of the renowned tea master Rikyū as its shape takes after China’s Mount Lu. We look forward to you visiting us.

Visiting hours / Admission fee

We will be closed on December 29th, 30th and 31st. In addition, the Artifact Museum will be closed every year on July 31st, October 31st, January 31st, and April 30th due to exhibition changes.

Reception time 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission fee [Scenic Garden]
General 300 yen
Middle and high school students 200 yen
Elementary school student 100 yen

[Artifact Museum] 
General 500 yen
Middle and high school students 300 yen
Elementary school student 200 yen

*Group discount (50 yen discount per person for groups of 20 or more)
*Children under elementary school age can visit for free.
*If you have a disability certificate, please present it at the reception for free. (Attendant will be charged at the general rate.)

Paid viewing area Scenic Garden, Ōjoin (Reception Hall), Kōdō Lecture Hall, Artifact Museum
(”Map of the Temple Grounds” Center left: ③ Kōdō Lecture Hall, ⑤ Ōjoin (Reception Hall), ⑥ Scenic Garden. Bottom right of center ④Artifact Museum)

[Precautions when visiting]
In order to maintain a sanitary environment, please refrain from smoking, eating and drinking, and walking pets in the precincts. Also, please refrain from using camera tripods and commercial photography while wearing a kimono.

Main Gate (No. 15 on the precinct map) at the end of Shichijo-dori is usually not open. To enter the temple, go to the right of the temple gate and enter through the entrance with the roundabout.



You can see the paintings on the sliding doors of national treasures, the garden of scenic beauty, the fusuma paintings of Toshio Tabuchi in the lecture hall, and the fusuma paintings of Insho Domoto, the master of the Kyoto art world, in the shinden, which is usually closed to the public, in 360° VR.