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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
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
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
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
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
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.