Kennin-ji Temple

Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Kennin-ji Temple Reviews: 4.5/5

Kennin-ji Temple
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Gion
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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Eric_Greeney
Finland872 contributions
Karesansui gate and Twin Dragon ceiling
Oct. 2019
This temple, supposed to be one of the oldest in Kyoto, turned out to be more than I expected. It has a beautiful karesansui garden with a gate on background and a famous hall with quite recently painted fantastic picture of twin dragons. I also enjoyed the layout beyond the entrance fee area, the many gates and bridges over ponds, all perfectly aligned, leading to the main hall gate and its field of gravel. Many temples have their outer gates quite far away from the ones visitors really see or pass through, but here the layout was rather clear and the overall picture emerged as one big harmonious entity. Highly recommended temple, especially since there are many other attractions quite close, so an average Kyoto visitor is likely to be in the vicinity, ready for this excursion.
Written August 9, 2020
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain646 contributions
Wonderful temple
Jul. 2019
We couldn't visit it properly, it was already closed, and we only walked around the temple, not being able to get inside. It was sunset.. nice.. great for photography
Written March 21, 2020
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Katrinus
Dubai, United Arab Emirates89 contributions
A quick worthwhile visit
Feb. 2020 • Family
I don’t know why more people weren’t here, it’s in the heart of Gion/Higashiyama tourist area yet was so quiet and peaceful (a good thing really for a zen temple). It’s not a large complex so can be seen and enjoyed more easily than others too. The inner gardens, screens and that amazing dragon ceiling are worth the entrance.
Written February 28, 2020
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caj68
Staines, UK144 contributions
Duelling Dragons
Feb. 2020
I was hoping to see Geishas and Maikos and wandered along a street that ended up at this Temple. I'm glad I found it as there are some beautiful artwork especially the dragons and there was a stunning 3D blue ink water scene.
Written February 9, 2020
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rickiricardi
Osaka, Japan38 contributions
Best temple in Kyoto - a real gem
Nov. 2019 • Couples
Relatively unknown temple and zen grounds but it has everything for a relatively small one
Zen pebble gardens
Awesome art
Traditional Japanese court yard and gardens
Written November 25, 2019
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brackleberry
Chandler, AZ16 contributions
Sadly amazing
Apr. 2019
So we were there during there special anniversary (April 2018 not 2019) and we got there as they closed and had to leave Kyoto the next day. It was incredibly sad, cause we only had time to walk the grounds. It was auspicious, haunting in a way because of the overcast and all the grey and just so so beautiful. Wish we would have been able to go inside, but sadly we missed our chance. What we did see made us want to come back and make this a priority.
Written November 24, 2019
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Dawn S
Farmington, ME1,006 contributions
small but beautiful
Mar. 2019
Following a recommended 3 day visit itinerary, I visited Kinnin-ji Temple after wandering down Gion Street on the way to Hanamiko-ji Street. Apparently the oldest Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Kinnin-ji is tucked away in the middle of many beautiful sites. There are peaceful gardens you can enjoy for free and for 500 yen (less than $5 US) you can enter the historic temple and see some amazing artwork and more serene zen gardens. The most prominent pieces are a painted folding screen depicting the Wind and Thunder Gods (Fūjin and Raijin) and the Twin Dragon ceiling - ink on traditional Japanese paper in Dharma Hall. Worth the entry fee just to see the absolute beauty of these treasures and others that are in the temple. Your visit can be quick (less than an hour) or longer if you want to enjoy the gardens and a nice break from touring. Not a must-see however, very nice if you have the time.
Written October 1, 2019
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Aruna123
Kathmandu, Nepal80 contributions
A site that speaks the history
Oct. 2018
A temple that silently shares the history located in a peaceful surrounding the temple takes one back into the history to tell the untold stories of the past.
Written September 12, 2019
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Tae Wanderer
Bangkok, Thailand147 contributions
The Dragon Mural is a must-see
Sep. 2019
This is one of the most important Zen temples in Japan and you should not miss it especially the gigantic dragon mural in the main hall.....AWESOME!
Written September 8, 2019
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tlarraya
Community of Madrid, Spain245 contributions
One of the best temples we've seen in Japan (and we've seen many)
Aug. 2019 • Family
I loved everything about this temple: the painted walls of mountains, of the sea, of the two dragons, the round window, the zen gardens, the wooden corridors and then the wow moment when you see the twin cloud dragons on the ceiling. Stunning! One of the best temples in Japan and we've seen many.
Written August 28, 2019
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