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Kenninji Temple

584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0933, Japan
+81 75-561-0190
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Ranked #23 of 372 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you don't have much time to tour around Kyoto, this is one of the best temples to visit. It really gives you a feel of the Zen concept. The twin dragons on the ceiling was beautiful. Walking through the gardens so peaceful. Worth the entrance fee. It is walking distance from the Gion area.

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Osaka
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Although you need to pay the admission fee of JPY 500, I believe it was JPY 500, it was worth the visit. The famous paintings are fully exhibited and you can take photos of those valuable collections freely. What I like the most of this temple is the tranquility of the beautiful gardens it owns. I visited there on a... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

You don't have to kill yourself running around to temples in Kyoto, or anywhere else for that matter. A few good ones give you the feeling - and this is certainly one where you can sense the beauty of sublime simplicity - elegantly simple wood structures, a few wonderful gardens, a few great paintings and an atmosphere of balance and... More

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Chatham, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Peaceful Zen Buddhist shrine with astonishing ceiling painting by Junsaku Koizumi. A documentary film at the entrance to the temple grounds related his career and the 2-year process of painting the ceiling.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Kenninji claims to be the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and is one of the Kyoto Gozan or "five most important Zen temples of Kyoto". The temple is a maze of halls and rooms that open onto raked gardens. Painted screens throughout are truly beautiful. The temple was incredibly quiet and peaceful, and not overly crowded early on a Tuesday... More

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静岡
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

One of the oldest temple in Kyoto. They have a very impressive dragon painting on the ceiling. Strongly recomended.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The dragons on this zen temple ceiling look different from different angles. The artist painted them elsewhere and sent harm to the temple to hang up on the ceiling. The rest of the grounds are pretty too, especially in spring or autumn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We had a really nice experience here. Beautiful old zen-temple with some impressive paintings. The dragon-painted ceiling is really impressive. We had the place pretty much to ourselves.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is a rare exception to the "no photos inside" rule in Japan. The twin dragons on the temple ceiling can be photographed, as well as other interiors. The gardens and some of the calligraphy inside is among the most beautiful in Kyoto, so this slightly lesser known of the "big 5" Zen temples is not to be missed. During... More

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