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“Zen temple must-see”
Review of Kennin-ji Temple

Kennin-ji Temple
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Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan
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Ranked #23 of 1,135 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you don't have much time to tour around Kyoto, this is one of the best temples to visit. It really gives you a feel of the Zen concept. The twin dragons on the ceiling was beautiful. Walking through the gardens so peaceful. Worth the entrance fee. It is walking distance from the Gion area.

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Reviewed June 22, 2014

Although you need to pay the admission fee of JPY 500, I believe it was JPY 500, it was worth the visit. The famous paintings are fully exhibited and you can take photos of those valuable collections freely. What I like the most of this temple is the tranquility of the beautiful gardens it owns.

I visited there on a very hot day. Even though on a hot day, the breeze goes through a spacious tatami rooms and cools you down. What's more, even though its central location, you feel as if you were in a totally different world that apart from the reality. You can chill out beside the garden and forget about the busy life. After you see around this temple, you can walk to Yasaka Shrine area easily.

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

You don't have to kill yourself running around to temples in Kyoto, or anywhere else for that matter. A few good ones give you the feeling - and this is certainly one where you can sense the beauty of sublime simplicity - elegantly simple wood structures, a few wonderful gardens, a few great paintings and an atmosphere of balance and harmony. All of this proving that, if Zen was not the final answer, it was at least pointing in the right direction.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Peaceful Zen Buddhist shrine with astonishing ceiling painting by Junsaku Koizumi. A documentary film at the entrance to the temple grounds related his career and the 2-year process of painting the ceiling.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Kenninji claims to be the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and is one of the Kyoto Gozan or "five most important Zen temples of Kyoto". The temple is a maze of halls and rooms that open onto raked gardens. Painted screens throughout are truly beautiful. The temple was incredibly quiet and peaceful, and not overly crowded early on a Tuesday morning.

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