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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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  • 虽然是京都最古老的禅寺,但是在京都名气那么大的几个景点之下,显得不是特别起眼。实际上这里很不错,面积不小,可以在室内参观,有庭园,可以发呆,可以游览,还有抄经体验。非常宁静。是我此行的最爱! 
  • Tawaraya sōtatsu Fujin & Raijin figure famous Temple. You can slowly admire is an exact replica. Photography is OK. I feel that offers relaxing gardens and came to the Temple in Kyoto. Admission is 500 yen. Ssangyong's lost power.
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  • Average temple, can be easily skipped. Can be accessed from Gyon, so if you are wandering around, give it try and get your opinion!