Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple(建仁寺) is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded by Eisai, the founder of Japanese tea ceremony. It was built in imitation of China’s Hyakjōz

Kenninji temple

At Kenninji Temple, visitors can see “Souryu-zu,” two giant dragons painted on the ceiling of the Hatto, the Wind and Thunder Gods (the original is in the Kyoto National Museum), and paintings on fusuma sliding doors.

Kenninji temple

The Hojo front garden (karesansui) and Chon-tei, created by Taigen Kobori (supervised by Yasuo Kitayama), are highly recommended.

Kenninji temple

To get to Kenninji Temple from Kyoto Station, take a 13-minute bus ride and a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.

Kenninji temple

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opening hours10:00 - 16:30 (gates close at 17:00)※November 1-February 28, 10:00-16:00 (gates close at 16:30)
regular closing dayDecember 28 - December 31
entrance feefree※Honbo/Garden admission: adults 500 yen, junior high and high school students 300 yen, elementary school students 200 yen
bus stopCity bus Higashiyama Yasui bus stop
stationKeihan Gion-Shijo Station
parking lotParking lot available (charged)
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