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584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw a picture of the twin dragons in a Kyoto guide. Had to go and see. The painting on the ceiling is impressive. Smaller but equally worth seeing is the painting of the thunder and wind gods. The temple also has a nice zen garden....More

Thank Megumi H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recommend a visit in the late afternoon when the light is soft and the gardens are in the shade. Incredibly beautiful.

Thank RenatoRego
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You sort of bump into this temple without trying if in and around Gion. It is fair enough in effect, generally visually pleasing and well patronised. But there are so many other similar temples around, for free and less crowded, we cannot in all conscience...More

Thank MCW_Penguin
Reviewed July 3, 2018

This temple is a must-see that doesn't show up on every list of things to do in Kyoto! There is an extraordinary ink/paper ceiling mural in one of the buildings that will take your breath away. This was also one of the most tranquil temples...More

Thank Jennifer d
Reviewed July 1, 2018

We visited on a rainy day and had to remove our shoes, but it was great. Be sure to wear socks or bring slippers with you.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Too many temples to visit and we selected to visit this place where lots of people around & pray. It was very unfortunate that the entry was closed when we reached.

Thank Melinda F
Reviewed June 22, 2018

With all the temples in Kyoto, it may be easy for a western traveler to get fatigue. And, while much less famous than other temples, visiting Kennin-ji was my favorite and most unforgetible moment of the trip. Its Zen gardens, outstanding screen paintings, and contemporary...More

Thank manixe
Reviewed June 13, 2018

Some nice features to see here, rock and zen gardens, twin dragon mural on the ceiling - worth a stop by.

Thank meryll83
Reviewed June 12, 2018

Very impressive old temple with lots of great art around. Beautifully manicured gardens abound. Be sure to get one of the stamps (hand drawn).

Thank Rugby_Nut_Canada
Reviewed June 9, 2018

We didn't intend to visit Kennin-Ji temple as we were on a tight schedule but on our wanders through Gion we decided to take a look whilst passing as we had managed to shake our jet lag off quicker than expected and headed out of...More

Thank Trelen
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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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