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Kennin-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Kennin-ji Temple


Kennin-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded by the priest Eisai in 1202. Eisai is the first Japanese who brought tea seeds from China, and Yotsugashira tea ceremony is held here on his birthday, April 20 every year.
The temple's "Fujin-Raijin (Wind and Thunder Gods)" drawn by Tawaraya Sotatsu is designated as a national treasure. Another attraction of the temple is the ceiling painting "Twin Dragons" drawn by Koizumi Junsaku in 2002 to commemorate the 800-year anniversary of the temple.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 10:00 - 17:00 (March - October) *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • 10:00 - 16:30 (November - February) *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 500 yen (General, Adult)
  • 300 yen (Student)
  • Admission Free (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes walk from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line
  • Take the #206 bus from JR Kyoto Station and get off at Higashiyama-Yasui Bus stop (11 minutes bus ride)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 584, Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0811


TravelCaffeine.com @TravelCaffeine - 2019-03-13
An underrated temple in Kyoto that's very easy to include in your itinerary. https://t.co/adnsZs6vXh
Tom Bricker @Tom_Bricker - 2019-01-04
Kenninji is an excellent and often overlooked temple at the edge of Kyoto's famous Gion district. Kenninji is best… https://t.co/LTnXdweFV6
Jazmine Liss @Sheerstomping - 2018-12-02
Strolls through Kennin Ji Temple https://t.co/amPLDqgV56
Nate Powell @NatePowell_jpn - 2018-10-15
🎌Kennin Temple and beautiful art work 'Twin Dragons' inside the temple.
Do you like it? 😏
#placetovisit… https://t.co/eqOtzVFQ6s
Paulo Sérgio Martins @PauloSergioMDC - 2018-09-02
@EmmaJuliee I Google searched the image with Google Lens. The characters 建仁寺 are Kennin-ji Temple Hojo, cc the wiki… https://t.co/UndhyRoil1
Rupert Wegerif @rupertwegerif - 2018-08-21
'Why did Bodhidharma come from the west?' I managed to track down my favourite pictures yesterday in Kennin'ji mona… https://t.co/3xYsNudVz1
Inside Kyoto @InsideKyoto - 2018-07-30
Photo of the Week: Karesansui garden at Kennin-ji Temple
#photography #japan #kyoto… https://t.co/4JBImwsqVZ
Seeing Japan @Seeing_Japan - 2018-07-24
Kennin-ji Temple Kyoto | The Oldest Zen Buddhist Temple Kyoto Travel Guide Kennin-ji Temple Kyoto | The Oldest Zen… https://t.co/YUHNFjXA8I
Seeing Japan @Seeing_Japan - 2018-07-02
Kyoto | Must see Kiyomizu dera and Kennin-Ji | JAPAN TRAVEL VLOG 2018 (Day 5) Kyoto Travel Guide Kyoto | Must see K… https://t.co/U027Nrcaon
Master Horologer @masterhorologer - 2018-06-13
Speake-Marin Kennin-ji Temple Masters Project https://t.co/7xA8ICTafP https://t.co/YDzd0ZXSwY
Yuko.Kurachi @YukoKurachi - 2018-05-09
This’s Kennin-ji. It’s Oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto.
Buddhism, founded approximately 2,500 years ago in India
by Sha… https://t.co/iceQBlZmPZ
よし @350_yoshi - 2018-05-06
i went to kennin temple in kyoto it has great dragon painting on the ceiling
i was really impressed https://t.co/LytwdjsFWe
ChopperHarley79 @ChopperHarley79 - 2018-04-15
Japan Experience HD - Kennin ji 建仁寺 The oldest Zen temple in Kyoto Eng Sub: https://t.co/0L9qHzjSum tramite @YouTube
Tom Bricker @Tom_Bricker - 2018-03-15
NEW POST: Despite being in the heart of Gion, having beautiful rock gardens, architecture, and exceptional art, Ken… https://t.co/bYl658Wx52
Umie Aida @Umieaida - 2018-01-08
Kennin ji temple is one of the oldest temple in japan . This temple has great examples of japanese architecture as… https://t.co/SvDVIRUrLK
Umie Aida @Umieaida - 2018-01-08
Kennin ji temple is one of the oldest temple in japan . This temple has great examples of japanese architecture as… https://t.co/SvDVIRUrLK
Jean-Jacques Simard @jjsimard54 - 2017-08-07
@kanji_k Hello Keizo san it was a magnificent scope at Kennin - ji temple and garden Jean-Jacques ☺
Andrew Novialdi @AndrewNovialdi - 2017-07-12
Pretty amazing mural in Kennin Temple, Kyoto. https://t.co/WWTFVIcKnc
プロ野球と山形ラーメン大好きの十二代目 @fuseyashichi - 2017-06-20
I visited a kennin temple & felt a very good times &… https://t.co/u4h1GCPIUi
プロ野球と山形ラーメン大好きの十二代目 @fuseyashichi - 2017-06-19
I visited a kennin temple & felt a very cool… https://t.co/0uwNaFNj98
Rick NihontoCanada @nihontocanada1 - 2017-05-24
The right-side trunk shape looks like the Kyoto Temple Kennin ji 'Dragon' (ink painting) & is looking back at the v… https://t.co/o2TlOuIz9y
Find-Your-Japan @Find_Your_Japan - 2017-05-10
Twin Dragon!! https://t.co/fUgOu7eqyr https://t.co/OO4aAK0uBR
Find-Your-Japan @Find_Your_Japan - 2017-05-10
Twin Dragon!! https://t.co/fUgOu7eqyr https://t.co/OO4aAK0uBR
J.D. Byron @JamesDayByron - 2017-03-16
#500px Select #Photography : Kennin-temple「建仁寺」 by reisenthel93491 https://t.co/3dVwJ510Be | city,travel,old,urban… https://t.co/joe9L4QMTk
W.H. and N.T. in Jp @ntwhjp - 2017-02-06
Fujin Raijin zu byobu 'The folding screen of Wind God and Thunder God' (Replica) at Kennin-ji temple https://t.co/3kS8VAhu4A #kyo #japan
Girls with tattoo @GirlsAndTattos - 2016-12-21
Kennin-ji Temple #tattoo #tattooedgirl https://t.co/otAIttOCVs
Gagap Teknologi @janganGAPTEK - 2016-12-18
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Eddard @Jamcyril - 2016-12-10
'Two Dragons' - Kennin-ji Temple , Kyoto https://t.co/lWo1cHZ5mh
Mister Spectral @visiblespectre - 2016-12-02
Me and @ongaku88 at Kenniji temple! Let the spiral unwind. #kyoto #japan #selfie #gion @ Kennin-ji https://t.co/VXrcmoiQlI
若死に @fdptwi - 2016-11-29
4. Temple Kennin-ji (Kyoto, Gion) https://t.co/23neuqBIwS


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