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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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  • October 1, 2017
    Is less known and less frequented by tourists but well worth a visit, admission requires ¥500, but in my opinion are well spent. Inside there are rooms that recall the old Japan with ornate ceilings, here many local couples dressed in kimono are to be photographed. The thing that struck me most are the Zen gardens inside places where you can lose yourself in a sense of peace, many Japanese sit at the edges in meditation.
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  • September 30, 2017
    畫 conditions inside the temple 膩 looks good, is well worth a visit. Temple in addition to 畫 is Agora, there is one stone teien garden. Many East West can see, not want their palate men
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  • September 27, 2017
    More hours spent yesterday in this stunning Temple, the first Temple of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto. Crazy beautiful dragons on the entire ceiling was painted to the 800 anniversary of temple. Magnificent garden stones, Teahouse and staff. The best shrine Gion.
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  • July 14, 2017
    Quiet and small zen temple. We didn't go inside, but the gardens were beautiful during an evening stroll.
  • April 10, 2017
    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.
  • March 3, 2017
    Nice temple. Easy to access. They let you take pictures inside.
  • February 18, 2017
    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.
  • May 2, 2017
    Peaceful and relaxing. A must see in kyoto.

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