- Komatsu-chō, Shijo sagaru, Yamatoōji-dōri Higashiyama-ku
- admission ¥500
Lonely Planet review for Kenin-ji Temple
Founded in 1202 by the monk Eisai, Kenin-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It's an island of peace and calm on the border of the boisterous Gion nightlife district and it makes a fine counterpoint to the worldly pleasures of that area. The highlight here is the fine and expansive kare-sansui (dry landscape) garden. The painting of the twin dragons on the roof of the Hōdō hall is also fantastic; access to this hall is via two gates with rather puzzling English operating instructions (you'll see what we mean). It's at the southern end of Hanami-kōji street.