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Kennin-ji Temple

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Address: 584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0190
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Old zen temple

This temple is 800 years old and second oldest zen temple in Japan. Very relaxing atmpsphere in temple rooms, corridors and gardens. Zen design. Two dragons celling must see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This temple is 800 years old and second oldest zen temple in Japan. Very relaxing atmpsphere in temple rooms, corridors and gardens. Zen design. Two dragons celling must see place. Located in Gion 5 minutes from geisha street. Very recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Located immediately south of the touristic Gion District, and an easy walk from the chaotic and crowded Kiyomizudera Temple, this one was our favorite. We were so taken with it that we returned a half-dozen times during our three weeks in Kyoto. It was never crowded, always serene. There was only one rule: no lying down on the tatami (I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

You can visit both, it's much bigger than you might think so allow at least one hour. When we were there, there was an exhibition about stones.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Kennin-ji temple is Kyoto's oldest Zen temple. The entire temple is an embodiment of Zen. Picture perfect, serene and beautiful, this is one of my favorite places!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

They say that this is the place where the famous Zen Philosophy was founded... If you are into spirituality and / or philosophy you should really go there to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

One of the more impressive temples in Kyoto with beautiful gardens that can be viewed from multiple locations throughout the temple. The mail hall of the temple has a most striking black and white 'Twin Dragons' ceiling artwork. You can stop for a rest and try kelp tea and photos are allowed throughout the complex. Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Like many of the Japanese temples, the architecture has a modern look. The main building is very stark with little decorations. There is a building with a gold statue and a painting on the roof of two dragons that is very nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is the temple we could take photos in the Japanese TATAMI room. my friend and I were wearing Kimono, we took very Japanese photos there. This really make our days. Also there are a lots of things to see and learn. I would like to visit there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It was not the flashiest but liked the calmness, no shoes (chilly in winter). Easily could imagine people living there, just like in Samurai films. The ceiling dragon painting was of the best for me in the world, loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I think each temple in Japan has something special and they are different. Another feature of temples, that there are some peace and special ambiance. before entering to temple, be ready to stop out of your shoes and walk around in socks or bare foot and I think this gives you even more of some special feeling and excitement.

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Address: 584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0190
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Gion
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Gion
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.