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Kennin-ji Temple

584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-0190
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584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
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"twin dragons"
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"the dragon"
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"painted ceiling"
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"amazing paintings"
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"peaceful place to sit"
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"great examples"
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"zen garden"
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"sliding door"
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"screen paintings"
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"wear socks"
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"gion area"
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"small alley"
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"rock garden"
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"real geishas"
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"japanese architecture"
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"tatami mats"
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Reviewed today

This temple with the associated Ryosoku-in temple are lovely and surprisingly quite quiet given how close to the centre of town. The rooms and gardens are lovely with some great screens show great skill. The zen gardens are superb. The ceiling in Ryosoku-in is magnificent....More

Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice temple in the heart of Gion. If you can get over the tourists dressed in Japanese attire that have hired photographers for the day to take their pictures at temples, then I would visit this temple. I find the photography and...More

Thank lovetotravel386
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the oldest zen temple in Kyoto. Visited it when it just opened and hence not crowded. Loved the landscape of its totally zen garden.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not majestic in size or beauty, but the spirituality in this temple is a must if that is what you are looking for.

Thank albertocQ4972JB
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Kennin-ji which was Zenshu temple. This was the first visit for us. We didn’t expect such a gorgeous pictures we could see. All foreigners should visit there, you guys must be impressed. I can guarantee!!!

Thank AK1503
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I believe it’s the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto and it’s very calming and peaceful. Once you take your shoes of and pay your 400 yen you can walk around temple as you see fit. Many rooms to walk around and see with several rooms...More

Thank Jason S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple is located in the Gion district of Kyoto. It was not on our list of places to go but our tour guide for the day took us there on our way through Gion. We're glad he did. The temple grounds are large with...More

Thank pippili
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very well located in the middle of Gion. you have to buy a ticket to get inside, but its very impressive with nice zen gardens and the dragon paintings on the ceiling. great place to see

Thank Sandra W
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

This is a very large complex and it is easy to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the beauty and history of Kennin-ji temple. The subtle artwork throughout and the gardens create a perfect Zen atmosphere. The Twin Dragons painting on the ceiling...More

Thank sharms202
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

To understand Zen you must come to see this temple early in the morning. They open at 10am. Be the first one to enjoy this spiritual place. So peaceful urging you to go into meditacion. Let your self be still and fuse with the surrounding....More

Thank Liam K
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