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Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Learn about the Zen branch of Japanese Buddhism at Kennin-ji Temple, which covers the religion's principles and history. Revered as one of the five most important Zen temples of Kyoto, the temple was founded in 1202 by the monk Yousai, whose remains lie buried on the grounds. Having survived many fires and restorations through the centuries, the current complex includes an abbot's quarters, dharma hall, tea house, and imperial messenger gate. Upon entry, notice the ceiling painting of two dragons, which commemorates the complex's 800th anniversary. Examine many remarkable artworks decorating the temple walls, and later head out to the choutei (the garden of the sound of the tide) to find some peace of mind. Using our international travel planner, Kyoto attractions like Kennin-ji Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This beautiful, Rinzai Zen temple has exquisite gardens and a very tranquil atmosphere. Well worth visiting.  more »
  • I enjoyed the temple, beautiful zen gardens that invite you to sit and relax. There were also many amazing paintings apart from the 2 dragon paintings, that were impressive. I loved the atmosphere wit...  more »
  • The Kennin-ji Temple grounds provide a perfect backdrop for the Temple. They are well looked after, as are the buildings.  more »
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  • One of the reasons why I liked Kenninji was because of its historical value. One of the oldest temples in Kyoto, the place manages to successfully blend garden and building together, where you get to roam the wooden halls of the place while admiring the garden outside. There is also a giant painting of a tiger on the roof of one of the temples.
  • Nice temple. Easy to access. They let you take pictures inside.
  • Beautiful! Impressive architecture and Japanese garden. You have to take off your shoes to get in, and for the outdoor area they offer slippers for you to wear.
  • Peaceful and relaxing. A must see in kyoto.
  • Peaceful place, not a lot tuerests.