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Kenninji Temple建仁寺


A Rinzai Sect Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture and the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Erected thanks to funds donated by the Shogun Minamoto no Yoriie in 1202, the temple was founded by the priest Eisai and was modeled after Song China’s holy Mt. Bozhang. The temple is famous for its Image of Raijin and Fujin, a National Treasure created by famed painter Tawaraya Sotatsu, as well as its numerous other sliding screen paintings and treasures designated Important Cultural Properties. The temple is also well known for the beauty of its Japanese gardens, including a dry landscape garden containing a delicate arrangement of white sand, moss, and boulders. The imperial envoy gate contains arrow marks and is built with a gabled roof. The abbot’s chamber, moved here from the Ankoku-ji Temple in old Aki Province, and the Image of Paired Dragons, 108 tatami mats in size and painted on ceiling of the lecture hall in 2002, are both must-sees.


Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato Daicho Route Shijo Shimo Le Komatsu Town (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755616363

[3/1-10/31]10:00-16:30(17:00Gates shut )
[11/1-2/28]10:00-16:00(16:30Gates shut )

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Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato Daicho Route Shijo Shimo Le Komatsu Town [ map ]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
[3/1-10/31]10:00-16:30(17:00Gates shut )
[11/1-2/28]10:00-16:00(16:30Gates shut )
4/19-20, 6/4-5 ※ Other pause Sunday Yes, 12/28-12/31 can be admission fee
[Admission fee to worship] General 500 yen, Junior high school student 300 yen, Elementary School Students 200 yen
Parking Lot
Available 40spaces ※ Honbo Admission fee person only 1 hour Free by parking ticket presentation
Credit Card
Available (However, Admission fee fee, seal, and photography is only present Friday)
Not available (all non smoking)
Not available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Available (Brochure)

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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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