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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  • 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  more »
  • 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.....  more »

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