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Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Learn about the Zen branch of Japanese Buddhism at Kennin-ji Temple, which covers the religion's principles and history. Revered as one of the five most important Zen temples of Kyoto, the temple was founded in 1202 by the monk Yousai, whose remains lie buried on the grounds. Having survived many fires and restorations through the centuries, the current complex includes an abbot's quarters, dharma hall, tea house, and imperial messenger gate. Upon entry, notice the ceiling painting of two dragons, which commemorates the complex's 800th anniversary. Examine many remarkable artworks decorating the temple walls, and later head out to the choutei (the garden of the sound of the tide) to find some peace of mind. Work out when and for how long to visit Kennin-ji Temple and other Kyoto attractions using our handy Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .
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  • 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-...  more »
  • I visited to see your reviews. There are also precision digital copies of relatively new paintings and national treasures, and i don't get tired of watching them. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
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