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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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  • The Kennin-ji temple and gardens is wonderful place to visit during the cherry blossom season. The spattering of pink blooms blend in beautifully with the greenery. The temple thatch was being renovat...  more »
  • It is a temple of Rinzai sect founder Eisai opens. Is a Rinzai sect of the is one of the leading Zen. In the middle of the Gion and location is great. By the way is super laneta, this temple has macho monk. Because the priest's former gardener landscape is seeing!.
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  • Can't understand how I have missed this before. Beautiful temple with stunning paintings apart from the glorious one of dragons on the ceiling. Lovely garden, too. At the end of Gion so easy to drop i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is a Zen temple. Nice garden!
  • Nice place with many Zen gardens. Especially during hot weather it is a very nice place to stay, cool, relax and to think.
  • This temple has a beautiful Japanese Zen garden worthy to visit. From one of the exit, there is a street with many different types of street food and goods to sell.