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Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • I think there is plenty of worthwhile thought Fujin Raijin figure because it came from the Kiyomizu temple crowded people less slowly out the ceiling picture of the dragon or fusuma painting is wonderful as the environment and relaxed waist down, find, travel planning from here absolutely want to come again.
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  • The entrance to Kennin Ji is 500 yen: one of the most successful investments they can do. It has already been said, is a little-known Temple, because outside of the classic routes though, it's pretty much within walking distance of the Centre of Gion. The calm, green, the coolness of the environments, zen gardens manicured lead to contemplation and meditation. Dedicate a few hours of your time to check it out in a hurry, not Ji, Kennin let the magic go into you. Transcendental experience!
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  • Kennin-ji Temple is fun, we went sightseeing to the Gion near. Ssangyong figure Fujin & Raijin figure replica and the main hall ceiling is very great.
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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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