Kennin-ji (建仁寺) is a historic Zen Buddhist temple in Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan, near Gion, at the end of Hanami Lane. It is considered to be one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or "five most important Zen temples of Kyoto".
Such a beautiful place full of history and beautiful views. The serenity is something all on its own as you can sit in front of the garden and just take everything in. Many people actually seemed to be meditating right there! The temple was awesome too! They have an unbelievable dragon painting on the roof that took years to complete. It really was unforgettable.
The temple itself is of course beautiful. What ruins the atmosphere there is that we have to watch non-Japanese Asian tourists in cheap rental kimono trying all kinds of photos for their pathetic social media stuff. It is in a way hilarious to watch though. No matter what they wear they are far from the real Japanese look in kimonos.
One of the best temple! The temple is very stunning and peaceful even though it is located in one of the most bustling places in Kyoto. There is an entry fee of 500 JPY, which is very worth the price. We really enjoyed our time strolling and enjoying the harmonious atmosphere around the temple and garden.
Great tasting food. Staff were welcoming and super friendly. One member of staff even gave me his umbrella because I didn't have one.
This place is best for those looking for quiet serenity. This temple looks like it probably did in the Edo period (~1600 - 1800) or even earlier. Visitors are generally respectful (quiet & careful) and the soundscapes of nature can still be heard as you sit and look at the manicured gardens. I came here regularly just to sit and meditate in my favorite spot, when I lived in Tokyo (3 hours away by bullet train). There's a modest entrance fee and you need to take your shoes off to walk around. If it's cold and you don't have warm socks, you may not enjoy that. This is an indoor / outdoor environment with walkways and viewing areas that are open to the outside. To walk along the garden paths you can borrow sandals provided by the temple.