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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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Ultimate Zen!

Kennin-ji temple is Kyoto's oldest Zen temple. The entire temple is an embodiment of Zen. Picture perfect, serene and beautiful, this is one of my favorite places!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Kennin-ji temple is Kyoto's oldest Zen temple. The entire temple is an embodiment of Zen. Picture perfect, serene and beautiful, this is one of my favorite places!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

They say that this is the place where the famous Zen Philosophy was founded... If you are into spirituality and / or philosophy you should really go there to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

One of the more impressive temples in Kyoto with beautiful gardens that can be viewed from multiple locations throughout the temple. The mail hall of the temple has a most striking black and white 'Twin Dragons' ceiling artwork. You can stop for a rest and try kelp tea and photos are allowed throughout the complex. Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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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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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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