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Kennin-ji Temple

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584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0190
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The home of Zen Buddhism. If you love meditating this is the place to go. See where everything was born. The central garden is breathtaking.

Thank Vin D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I planned my trip to Kyoto Kennin-ji Temple was not on my list of places that I intended to visit, in fact I had heard nothing about it. I ended up visiting the temple after a forecasted typhoon dashed my plans of climbing Mount...More

Thank Marie N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful and lots to see. There is lots of art, zen gardens, etc. Worth the admission fee. The twin dragon painting was amazing.

Thank nicktaber2017
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Saw a picture of the twin dragons in a Kyoto guide. Had to go and see. The painting on the ceiling is impressive. Smaller but equally worth seeing is the painting of the thunder and wind gods. The temple also has a nice zen garden....More

Thank Megumi H
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Recommend a visit in the late afternoon when the light is soft and the gardens are in the shade. Incredibly beautiful.

Thank RenatoRego
Reviewed 17 July 2018

You sort of bump into this temple without trying if in and around Gion. It is fair enough in effect, generally visually pleasing and well patronised. But there are so many other similar temples around, for free and less crowded, we cannot in all conscience...More

Thank MCW_Penguin
Reviewed 3 July 2018

This temple is a must-see that doesn't show up on every list of things to do in Kyoto! There is an extraordinary ink/paper ceiling mural in one of the buildings that will take your breath away. This was also one of the most tranquil temples...More

Thank Jennifer d
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We visited on a rainy day and had to remove our shoes, but it was great. Be sure to wear socks or bring slippers with you.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Too many temples to visit and we selected to visit this place where lots of people around & pray. It was very unfortunate that the entry was closed when we reached.

Thank Melinda F
Reviewed 22 June 2018

With all the temples in Kyoto, it may be easy for a western traveler to get fatigue. And, while much less famous than other temples, visiting Kennin-ji was my favorite and most unforgetible moment of the trip. Its Zen gardens, outstanding screen paintings, and contemporary...More

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entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners,
Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with
gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the
streets on their way to and from work, where they fan
dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion
lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
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