Kennin-ji

Buddhist Temple in Southern Higashiyama

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 kare-sansui (dry landscape). The painting of the twin dragons on the roof of the Hōdō hall is also fantastic.

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