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Kenninji 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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Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan

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A nice example of Japanese architecture

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The very zen like mood takes control of the temple , a Buddhist state Nirvana It's one of the most recommended places , minimalistic yet elegant in every aspect

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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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Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This temple is definitely one of the best temples of Kyoto. This is a sort of art gallery with excellent old and new paintings. I felt the new paintings didn't suit the old building, but the painting themselves were as great as the old paintings. Maybe they will be designated as national cultural important properties in one hundred years because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We happened upon this temple and what a lovely surprise. Beautiful rooms integrate wonderfully with the outdoor zen gardens which are just stunning. Don't forget to walk across in the slippers to the other section with the dragon roof. We did and definitely missed a highlight. For me this was a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Not as many tourists as around more popular attractions, but well worth a visit. Probably the most artistically beautiful temple we've seen in Kyoto. It is not as large, and not as "grand" as some other temples, but it has its own character.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I ran into this temple by chance. All guide book doesn't say much about this temple. Tourist always go to the same attractions .... but not this one. The temple itself is hidden behind a small alley. Inside it is very peaceful and serene. Very well preserve and absolutely beautiful. The highlight of this temple is Hatto Hall. The hall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We had not intended to go to Kenninji Temple, nor did we know about it but stumbled upon this place by chance. When we went, it was very peaceful, it wasn't as busy as the more tourist areas of Kyoto and wasn't filled with novelty. It is slightly hidden behind some houses and small streets. There was a beautiful art... More 

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