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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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If You Are Not Templed out!

It is said that Kennin-ji is the oldest temple in Kyoto. So if you love visiting zen temples, history and walking around delightful gardens --there is a rock garden, not very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is said that Kennin-ji is the oldest temple in Kyoto. So if you love visiting zen temples, history and walking around delightful gardens --there is a rock garden, not very impressive, though-- then you should consider visiting it. It's right in the city and easily accessible. At this point in my journey in Kyoto I had seen a fair... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Surrounded by beautiful formal gardens. An amazing recreation on the ceiling of the temple - completed in 5 sections across the floor of a school gymnasium before being reconstructed in its current position.

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Aomori, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Kennin-ji, the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, has existed for over 800 years. Its rooms feature several great sliding door paintings (digital copies, actually, but still wonderful) by a late-16C monk who took up painting in his 40s and mostly used a monochrome ink technique. The temple's stone and moss gardens were beautiful, too! For those with an interest... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband was the one between us who loved the Japanese culture and this was his favorite shine we visited. The zen garden was beautiful, very cool to see in person. Walking around the building and the especially the dragons on the ceiling in the adjacent building. We stayed there for a while just enjoying the whole place. Especially being... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lesser known and less crowded temple complete with beautiful paintings and zen garden. However I wouldn't say that it was our absolute favorite temple that we visited. If you have a few moments to spare it would be worth going to see the paintings and to spend time outside the zen garden. -Pages of Travel

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a planned trip to Kennin-ji temple. Was walking around at Gion area and went in to this temple. Is another nostalgic Shrine in Kyoto which has old beautiful structure and landscape. Not much of difference with most of the Shrine, no special or uniqueness which visitor can look forward. Overall still nice to have a stroll in the Shrine.

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Tulsa, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was really really awesome - very peaceful and tranquil. A fantastic fusion of the old with the new - a temple that is centuries old but with a brand new huge dragon ceiling painting and wall art by modern Japanese artists. The rock garden is just gorgeous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wonderful temple with amazing art. worth a visit for sure. the dragon painting and the grounds are awesome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Surprisingly, I have never heard of this temple until our friends, who visited there recently, mentioned to us, even though I have been to Kyoto many times. It is right next to Hanamikomachi in Gion, a very nice area for a stroll (go into quieter side streets as well). Both the garden and the temple are beautiful, and one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We had a lovely time walking from our hotel (Sanjo area) to this temple. There was an antique art exhibition and it was out of this world. The temple, like any other ones in Kyoto is well kept and the trees and grounds were just lovely.

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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.