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Kennin-ji Temple

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Address: 584 Yamatooji Yojo-sagaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful and Epic Place

One of the oldest temples in Kyoto, this place was quite stunning. The dragon mural was quite a site to behold, the monks were out and about the day we were there, and the water... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rachel G
Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you walk down Hanamikoji (famous areas for Geisha) from Sijo avenue, you arrive to Kenninji, an important zen temple. To visit inside the buildings, you have to pay the entrance, but if you just walk around, it is free. Although it is in the center of Kyoto, the premises are very quiet and nice to take a walk.

Thank Kimitaka S
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the oldest temples in Kyoto, this place was quite stunning. The dragon mural was quite a site to behold, the monks were out and about the day we were there, and the water lilies were beautiful. There were quite a few people there that day which made for a very interesting interaction with the locals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifully manicure garden. The painting of the dragon is lively and vivid displayed facing the huge point for practitioners' point of view. They are to focus on the dry waterfall on the other side of the pond beyond the zen garden.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this temple has nice and quiet gardens, very beautiful painted screens and you can learn a lot about the Zen

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my favourite temples here. We can really comprehend the attraction of Zen here. So many little halls with outside gardens, ver charming.

Thank Céleste B
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is one of the quieter temples in Kyoto, and it has some lovely gardens and interesting old painted screens as well as it's famous modern painted ceiling. It's easy to get to, and it's not expensive to get in. I wouldn't say it's a must-see, but it's certainly a nice place to sit and relax after you've gotten sick... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Honestly this was one of my favourite places in Kyoto. Could have spent hours sitting on the tatami floor looking out at the gardens. So peaceful and beautiful. Asking rather amusing as we tried squeezing our big western feet into the outdoor slippers provided! The dragon ceiling is very very impressive and the gardens are beautifully maintained.

Thank Hannahsiancrew
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is not special temple I guess, however, their garden is really lovely, especially autumn season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Visited here last day in Kyoto. Very close to where we had been staying. Over the previous days we been to most of the top sights. Some are now overrun (been to come to Kyoto for over 20 years) e.g. kiyomizu dera, kikaku-ji, ginkaku-ji, arashiyama So it was good to visit a lesser known (at least by tourists) place. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We walked through this place quickly after dark. The place was quiet and we were the only ones there. There were some dim lights to illuminate the path, thankfully the moonlight was bright enough to show just how cool the temple buildings are. The main thing to consider about this temple is that it's exactly due south of Gion Corner,... More 

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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.
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