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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Kennin-ji Temple and other Kyoto attractions using our handy Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Book cover of the famous double Dragon picture and Fujin & Raijin nokyo-Sho is wanted and visited. GW was at 10 a.m. opening time was a column of about 20 people, was also of nokyo-sho matrix. What you say is packed with attractions such as double Dragon, Fujin & Raijin Temple garden is great. Only some stones placed onto the white sand was touched and moved. Also I would like to visit in a different season.
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  • Today, I watched, I desire without visited Kyoto on kimono exhibitions last year, SsangYong figure of the kennin-ji Temple and watch time. Impressed on the ceiling of the main hall of the 108 tatami mats in size. In addition, Fujin & Raijin byobu. Fresh green foliage is beautiful and was healed.
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  • One of my favourite temples in Kyoto. A very nice lay out and not that many people. Photos say more then 1000 words!  more »
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