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“The Oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kenninji Temple

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
4.5 of 5 stars 193 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“The Oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Walk to end of the Hannamikoji street in Gion is Kaninji Temple located, the day we were there, very few tourist around, I am not a religious person, but once inside, feeling the force of peace and calm surrounded everywhere, right the way, every precise placement piece of rock, every tree is tenderly care into Bon-Sai, feeling of the Zen spirit energy, may easily take your breath away, a powerful force it generate, when I was looking at the rock garden and I told my wife, it seem like the sand turn into moving water, maybe it just my own crazy imagination? I like this temple very much.

Visited April 2013
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“Hidden pearl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Hidden in southern Higashiyama lies the Kennin ji temple. It is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and real oasis of peace and calm. It is wonderful to sit there and simply enjoy the view in the garden.
Beside the garden the painted sliding doors with the dragons, the famous screen with wind and thunder as well as the newly painted ceiling of the Hōdō hall with the two dragons

Visited November 2012
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“Another must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Another to add to the list. Autumn is especially pretty time to visit. Lots of photo opportunities. Must see!

Visited September 2012
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“Quiet respite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Lovely, contemplative and not as crowded as the other temples I visited in the area. I drove to each location and found that it expedited things easier, though parking often was expensive.

Visited July 2012
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“one of my favorite places in kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

there is so much to see in kyoto you almost have to pick and choose. i chose this due to its location to Gion. wow, was i not disappointed. we managed to get into the temple right at 4pm and watch the monks hold their daily service. or whatever it was. it was awesome. the ceiling is truly spectacular and the grounds are really special. then we managed to watch the monks have their dinner. and during all this a geisha was in the temple being photographed but 6 professional cameramen for some shoot. i dont know how many of the other temples or shrines could offer up this much neato japanese culture all at one sitting. really really enjoyed this place. and its so easy to see if you visit gion.

Visited July 2012
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