Zenkyoan

Zenkyoan, Kyoto

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Neighborhood: Gion
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 glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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2miaou2016
Tokyo, Japan17 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Quiet local temple with lots of statues and trinkets of boars/pigs! Lovely temple, there are benches where you can sit to rest..Could not resist buying a wooden plaque with a pig on it!
Written July 12, 2017
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djmontano
Makati, Philippines976 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We were extremely lucky to come by this temple during its annual ceremony/devotion to the boar god. We watched a ceremony were beautifully costumed ladies made offerings to their Lord as beautiful traditional music played. We bought a few charms and trinkets that were known to ward off pain especially in relation to the foot, leg or back.
Written December 12, 2017
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Andre P
Jakarta, Indonesia49 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
If you stayed near Gion, especially east side of Kamo River, you'll find a lot of temples in one neighborhood. One of them who devoted to boar, Zenkyoan. You wouldn't find a lot of tourist, instead some local people praying in this temple. It's quiet and have unique design, most of them depicting boar.

If you have particular interest in local people activities, this temple will be a good spot.
Written March 5, 2016
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA668 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
If visiting the area east of Gion coming from the temples in the foothills you may trip on this one. I found it a different experience from the usual temples seen in Kyoto. this one is devoted to wild boars (statues all around) with a nice architecture. Quiet! Being so close to Gion and having a serenity is a nice change. But you need to accept wild boars.
Written December 8, 2018
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singinggigi
California2,150 contributions
I was introduced to this by a local friend. We visited late at night. Quiet and peaceful. Lots of pig statues. People who were born the year of boar are supposed to pray here for good luck and good health. A nice refuge from the Sakura crowd.
Written May 19, 2015
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