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Kennin-ji Temple

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584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday

It is absolutely impossible to just pic 1 favourite place in Kyoto. This temple is definitely also on my favorties list.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wanderwolke
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have found Gion and have walked the full length of Hanamikoji-dori and you are now next to quite a large temple complex. It is worth the visit for there is a very nice park there too. A good break from the hustle-bustle of Gion.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the Celestine Hotel and wandering all over Kyoto revisiting the sites that had impressed us when we lived in the area years ago. On the second last day we happened to glance into a compound right next to the Hotel and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank roamer70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found it by complete accident but so happy we did. It was utterly beautiful, sadly we were on a bit of a time limit so didn't get to explore the ground fully. It's a great walk and a sure place to get lovely photos!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karina K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here on our last day in Kyoto, unfortunately without our guide. Had she been present, we would have understood to stay on the path (across the garden) to see the the Twin Dragon ceiling, installed in 2002 to mark the 800th anniversary of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mvidro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This felt quite different from the other temples which we visited in Kyoto, as there was a zen garden, plus some beautiful art focussing on both dragons and the gods of thunder and wind. Worth the 500 yen entrance fee. Just make sure you follow...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

The grounds are enormous and beautifully maintained. Only very little part of the place is open to the public and I agree with their approach. There is a sign telling you that no photos are allowed as you enter, but after you pay for your...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank anka w
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Don’t miss Kennin-ji, with its many lovely gardens and the painting of the dragons in the main hall.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nonnapn
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Worth a visit to see the Zen Garden with the boulders arranged on raked stones. Peaceful and inspiring.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed October 20, 2018

I like Japanese Brush paintings so made a special trip there. You need to pay extra to see the famous Twin Dragon Ceiling, plus remove your shoes and wear these (quite loosely fitted) slippers. If you like Japanese paintings then the exhibits in this temple...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko"
in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and
entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners,
Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with
gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the
streets on their way to and from work, where they fan
dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion
lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
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