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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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  • Kenninji is one of the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. You'll see the replica of the wind and thunder God by Sotatsu, an artist from Edo era at the entrance. The most amazing masterpiece is the huge paint...  more »
  • World Heritage Temple is not good, a lot of the attractions is not. Fujin Raijin byobu can enter immediately once I've found. Powerful and impressive, so replication can take photos. Tourists are often large, so staff can be seen slowly. You can see Hideyoshi Kitano tea in tea. Ssangyong figure on the ceiling of the main hall there is recent, but is overwhelmed. But I will recommend taking the time to watch.
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  • One of the oldest temple of the Rinzai sect. Over the centuries old and close to Gion to quiet and solemn atmosphere in the air. Seasons and different variety of scenery in the temple yard and buildings. Parents forever in I want to live long, but parents chose the temple here is a little matter.
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