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Kenninji Temple

Address: 584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-561-0190
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Ranked #32 of 514 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Orange, Australia
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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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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United Kingdom
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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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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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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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England, United Kingdom
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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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