Kenin-ji Temple

sights / Religious

Kenin-ji Temple information

Kyoto , Japan
Komatsu-chō, Shijo sagaru, Yamatoōji-dōri
Getting there
Train: Keihan Line to Gion-Shijō
admission ¥500
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Founded in 1202 by the monk Eisai, Kennin-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It is 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 at Kennin-ji is the fine and expansive karesansui (dry-landscape rock 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).