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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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This temple is great, especially if you like dragons. The entrance fee is worth it. The ceiling in the temple is fully painted with 2 dragons - stunning. The wall panels in one... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This temple is great, especially if you like dragons. The entrance fee is worth it. The ceiling in the temple is fully painted with 2 dragons - stunning. The wall panels in one room are dragons - excellent. The garden is beautifully landscaped. Unlike most other temples, here they let you take photos.

Thank juelsM
Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This Zen temple is perfect example of what Kyoto has to offer. It is convenient to the Gion and has great gardens and interesting art. I liked the ceiling of the great hall which has 2 dragons protecting the temple from fire.

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Westhoughton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wandered aimlessly really through here while briefly visiting Gion. The gardens are lovely as is the architecture. We did not go in though as there was a fee and we had little time to really appreciate the inside.

Thank lisajlb
Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Average temple, can be easily skipped. Can be accessed from Gyon, so if you are wandering around, give it try and get your opinion!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 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 28 December 2016

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.

Thank Rachel G
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

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 19 December 2016

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 18 December 2016

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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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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