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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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Feel of ancient Japan

One of the oldest temple in Japan and have have a few gardens in which you may visit once you enter and a great painted ceiling.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sunny H

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the oldest temple in Japan and have have a few gardens in which you may visit once you enter and a great painted ceiling.

Thank Sunny H
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Around Gion and Higashiyama there are so many famous temples, Kennin-ji doesn't get the credit it deserves IMHO. Inside the complex it's not as crowded as nearby attractions. I like the Zen gardens very much. Worth paying 500 Yen to see the Hojo, especially the 2 dragons painted on the ceilings of the main hall.

Thank Jessica H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple locates in near Gion and having wide teritory. In which some big building existing. We enjoyed Dragon picture on ceiling. We feel an atmosphere of Duddhism. After visiting the temple, we walked around Gion area and met some Maiko.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely wooden buildings that you can roam about in. Excellent gravel garden. Painted ceiling a highlight. Easy to get to from Gion. Lots to admire in this temple which does not get as crowded as some other spots in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an unexpected experience. Peace and tranquillity in the middle of busy Gion. We arrived early, just as the tempel opened and it was a true zen moment walking around the temple and gardens. The Wall panels are the Best I have seen so far (this is by far my first temple by now) and so is the Stone... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought we would be all templed out but the last one was one of the best - really nice easy to get to location in Gion district, not on the usual tourist trail so pretty quiet when we visited

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw a lot of temples on our vacation in the Kansai region of Japan. This one was not on our "to do list" but it was in an area we were exploring near the end of our trip (Gion for some last minute shopping), and I did see a couple of positive reports. It turned out to be one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This came as the biggest pleasant surprise of our trip. The temple is right in the heart of town between Gion and the river. The temple is impressive (as are the grounds). The interior has beautiful screens, and the famous dragon painted about the Budda shrine. They allow photos, which most temples do not – allowing for some great pics.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We were taking a walk in Gion when we found this place. It's affordable and a good place to sit down, relax, enjoy the view, or taking photos. The garden it's very nice. After a long journey, you can just sit for a while to take a rest.

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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.