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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 #21 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
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Osaka
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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
18 helpful votes 18 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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Chicago Illinois
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33 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Centrally located and easy to access, Kenninji is worth a visit just to see the newly renovated garden of the sound of the tide, great atmosphere. Also featured is a reproduction of the temple's National Treasure painting by Sosatsu of the Gods of Wind and Thunder. The original is too precious to put out for the display but they do... More

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Kadena-cho, Japan
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61 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for the Gion district but turned the wrong way and found this temple complex, and we were glad we did. This temple was rustic but still impressive. I was really impressed with the giant dragon paintings on the ceiling of the temples. Worth the time and glad for our Mis-direction.

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