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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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"dragon painting"
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"painted ceiling"
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"amazing paintings"
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"zen garden"
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"tranquil atmosphere"
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"sliding door"
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"screen paintings"
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"gion area"
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"rock garden"
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"japanese architecture"
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"tatami mats"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank meryll83
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Reviewed 1 week 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).

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple is very stunning and peaceful even though it is located in one of the most bustling places in Kyoto. There is an entry fee of 500 JPY, which is very worth the price. We really enjoyed our time strolling and enjoying the harmonious...More

Thank Prapol K
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

One of my favourite temples in Kyoto. A very nice lay out and not that many people. Photos say more then 1000 words!

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Although Kennin-ji is not the most glamorous or the most exciting of Kyoto's temples, it is the oldest of Japan's Zen Buddhist temples and spending an hour or so wandering through it's serene spaces is a great way to take a break from the crowds...More

Thank xlucent
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

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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