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Kenninji Temple

584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0190
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Ranked #23 of 403 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 193 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This temple was just beautifull, the artwork displayed in it was inspiring. There isn't a place in the temple which isn't beautifull. If you go to tokyo, you defenatly have to go see it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Kenninji is passed over in the guide books I had, but it is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and was one of my very favorite temples in the city. It is from here that Zen Master Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen, left in 1223 on his historic trip to China. Buildings have burned since then and been replaced,... More 

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Kenninji, in the middle of a pleasure district of central Kyoto, has some great treasures. We especially enjoy the two byobu screens of the Gods of Wind and Thunder (a fine reproduction of the National Treasure by Sosatsu) and two fine gardens with great rocks. Kenninji is small, compared to the Higashiyama temples, and crammed into urban space, but the... More 

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Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

don't miss visiting this temple while you hanging Gion, this is really fascinating temple, i think it's really underrated and must be in better rate, i didn't want to enter at beginning and change my mind the last moment, glad i did so, the ceiling with twin dragons is amazing. It is a must

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I missed this temple on my first trip, but made sure to take it in on my second and I am so glad that I did. This temple is wonderful, the zen gardens are beautiful and relaxing, and the dragon ceiling is simply a must see. I spent two hours sitting in the temple painting the zen gardens, there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great atmosphere, very spiritual. We stayed for over 2 hours wandering the area. We felt re energised. Worth the entry price!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great temple with easy access... the painted ceiling with two dragons is amazing...Stopped in here walking around Gion and was amazed by the beauty, gardens, and temple!!!!

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This could easily be the one-stop temple that gives the feeling of Japan and Zen all in one. No need to run around to all the other locations because unlike many of the other temples... -- You can actually walk into a few of the matted rooms. -- The artwork on display is absolutely beautiful and they allow you to... More 

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