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Kennin-ji Temple

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Address: 584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
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nice quiet temple

This is one of the quieter temples in Kyoto, and it has some lovely gardens and interesting old painted screens as well as it's famous modern painted ceiling. It's easy to get to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the quieter temples in Kyoto, and it has some lovely gardens and interesting old painted screens as well as it's famous modern painted ceiling. It's easy to get to, and it's not expensive to get in. I wouldn't say it's a must-see, but it's certainly a nice place to sit and relax after you've gotten sick... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly this was one of my favourite places in Kyoto. Could have spent hours sitting on the tatami floor looking out at the gardens. So peaceful and beautiful. Asking rather amusing as we tried squeezing our big western feet into the outdoor slippers provided! The dragon ceiling is very very impressive and the gardens are beautifully maintained.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is not special temple I guess, however, their garden is really lovely, especially autumn season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited here last day in Kyoto. Very close to where we had been staying. Over the previous days we been to most of the top sights. Some are now overrun (been to come to Kyoto for over 20 years) e.g. kiyomizu dera, kikaku-ji, ginkaku-ji, arashiyama So it was good to visit a lesser known (at least by tourists) place. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked through this place quickly after dark. The place was quiet and we were the only ones there. There were some dim lights to illuminate the path, thankfully the moonlight was bright enough to show just how cool the temple buildings are. The main thing to consider about this temple is that it's exactly due south of Gion Corner,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kennin-ji Temple is Zen Buddhist temple and is located in Eastern Kyoto near the Ryozen Kannon and a short walk from the popular Kiyomizi-dera Temple. It is also a short taxi ride from the Kyoto train station. This is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and is considered one of the “five most important Zen temples of Kyoto". The fee... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Zen place. Lovely walk around the grounds. It is just next to Gion Corner so very central and flat and not that big. Easy to walk around and no problems for wheelchairs or those with walking problems.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kenninji is one of the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. You'll see the replica of the wind and thunder God by Sotatsu, an artist from Edo era at the entrance. The most amazing masterpiece is the huge painting on its ceiling. Twin dragons by Junsaku Koizumi. It's painted on Washi, traditional Japanese paper.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the many template/shrines... Its ok for me, time and money maybe better spent elsewhere, but this is my personal experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Kenninji is well worth a visit. It offers an interesting combination of gardens, screen paintings, calligraphy, classic tea house architecture, and the giant dragon ceiling painting of the Dharma Hall. Busier than a pocket temple like the nearby Entokuin but no where near as crowded as some of Kyoto's most visited temples, Kenninji deserves at least an hour. The paintings... More 

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and 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 glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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