Chion-in Temple – Area outside the Main Hall

360° VR panorama of Chion-in (知恩院) temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Chion-in is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land Sect) of Japanese Buddhism, which was founded by Hōnen. Genchi, Hōnen’s disciple, founded the temple in 1234 in memory of his master. Many of the temple buildings were burnt down in 1633, and were subsequently rebuilt with help from the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.

In this panorama you can see the main hall Mieido (御影堂), which was rebuilt in 1639 and is a National Treasure of Japan. The hall holds the sacred image (miei) of Hōnen. To the south-east is the Hobutsuden (寶佛殿), and to the south-west is the Taihei pavilion tea shop (お茶処泰平亭). Nearby is a large censer used for burning incense.

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