We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Save
Share
Book In Advance
1,198
All photos (1,198)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“twin dragons”(17 reviews)
“zen garden”(14 reviews)
About
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
30°
22°
Jul
31°
22°
Aug
27°
19°
Sep
Contact
584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
Gion
Website
+81 75-561-0190
Ways to Experience Kennin-ji Temple
from US$486.66
More Info
from US$40.90
More Info
from US$89.00
More Info
Reviews (801)
Filter reviews
210 results
Traveler rating
151
53
6
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
151
53
6
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewstwin dragonsdragon paintingzen gardenamazing paintingsscreen paintingstranquil atmospheresliding doorwear socksgion areatatami matsrock gardenjapanese architecturewalk aroundtake photosmain halloldesttemple
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 210 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank meryll83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 10 June 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
Reviewed 3 June 2018

This was the best zen temple in Kyoto very underrated. The zen garden very tranquil, Amazing hand painted dragons I am very happy I took the time to come and see Kennin-ji Temple.

Thank Franci F
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Great temple surrounded by beautiful flower garden! Once inside, we could admire astounding images of flying dragons on the ceiling. They were painted in ink on thin rice paper some years ago, but the splendor of ancient artistic traditions are still there! Plus, taking pictures...More

Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We were very lucky that during our visit there weren't many tourists, so we could soak up (a bit) the atmosphere. The gardens are inspirational in their simplicity and symbolism, as in fact the whole temple. I would probably say that if you have to...More

Thank Econoclast1785
View more reviews
Nearby
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
...More
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Kennin-ji Temple staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines