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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 January 6, 2019 via mobile

This temple was very pretty to look around. The Zen Garden was lovely to sit and just think. We luckily did not have much of a crowd, which made it quite special.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

This was easily my favourite temple. From its history as a centre of Zen Buddhism, to its gardens and fall foliage, this temple stood out as a highlight in Kyoto. It is in fact many hundreds of years old. It's also easily accessible from Gion...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

After visiting the very disappointing nearby Gion Corner, when you look around you see some enormous very old looking roofs. Head to the end of the road and you reach the Kennin-ji Temple. Most noticeable are the several huge old dark wooden buildings with massive...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

I went there in the morning and really enjoyed myself. The red leaves of autumn were on full display and after strolling on the grounds, I entered to view the painting of the double dragons which is awe inspiring to say the least when you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

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
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

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 December 2, 2018

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
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Reviewed November 28, 2018

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
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

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
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Reviewed November 10, 2018 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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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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