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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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  • Go to Jian Ren temple in addition to the National Treasures of God thunder God and the abbot of the roof of the Dragon map, but also in the courtyard to look at the dry landscape of the pendulum. Although the maple leaves are not as beautiful as he is, Aleppo has the atmosphere of meditation in the area.
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  • In early November, a visit. Nice garden, sitting on a porch corridor, laid-back time got spent. Ceiling diagram fusuma Fujin & Raijin byobu, yunlong, SsangYong was great. Admission is 500 yen. Cospa is the best.
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  • ... it's beautiful! The garden is illuminated. In the entrance fee (600 yen) the show sound and lights of five minutes is included. I watched it three times so it was fascinating
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  • Quiet and small zen temple. We didn't go inside, but the gardens were beautiful during an evening stroll.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peaceful and relaxing. A must see in kyoto.

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