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Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

One of the best temples in Kyoto, with old and new art, wall paintings are lovely. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019

Accidently stumbled across this temple while exploring the city. Beautiful premises and the famous dragon painting is very impressive. Very nice Zen gardens to just sit and have a rest and enjoy the temple. Definitely recommended!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed July 18, 2019

Having visited Kyoto over the years, Kenninji stands out as 'the' temple to experience Kyoto and Zen. Being the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, it earns prestige as one of Kyoto Gozan. A visit includes Karesansui, Zen gardens, Zazen, sitting meditation (with extra fee) and to be awed by Japan's national treasures, Fujin and Raijin, the iconic Japanese Gods of Nature, and the twin dragon mural painted on the ceiling of the Dharma Hall.

Unlike Higashiyama Jisho-ji where visitors are often rushed, Kenninji accommodates and encourages one to visit at one's own pace. And with luck, one can even find his or her inner peace :)

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019

We didn't plan on visiting this temple, but as we saw this while we were walking around the Gion area so decided to go in and have a look, definitely glad that we did.

Upon entering the temple, you immediately feel the calmness inside. The little garden inside is very zen.

In addition, there's a large separate building from the temple, and I just said "wow" upon entering the building. There're 2 massive dragons drawn on the ceiling of the building. They're done in commemorates the 800 year anniversary of Kennin-ji’s. Very impressive.

Date of experience: June 2019
3  Thank VincyC968
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Reviewed June 21, 2019

After walking down from Kiyomizudera, my family and I walked around Gion and found this temple at the end of the road. We ducked into here as it had started to rain and we thought this would be a good place to hide out for awhile.

We had tp pay 500y each to get in and you have to take off your shoes to walk around the building. There appeared to be several smaller rooms linked by long walkways. We were able to look onto several of the rooms and view the coverings on the walls. These people really knew how to decorate as the walls are really beautiful.

I was able to get a goshuin stamp from Kenninji Temple and some souvenirs and we left after putting our shoes back on. On exiting, we found that it was still raining, so on to the AEON Mall for some shopping.

Date of experience: June 2019
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