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Kenninji temple worship tour - a taste of Japanese art at the oldest Zen temple in Japan.

Plan Details

This tour takes visitors around Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. The tour includes a tour of the Shion-tei Garden, designated as an Important Cultural Property, and powerful Japanese paintings from the Edo period such as The Wind and Thunder Gods and The Twin Dragons, with commentary. The more you know about Kenninji Temple, the more you will enjoy the temple. The temple was founded in 1202 by Eisai, founder of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It is the head temple of the Kenninji School of the Rinzai Sect and was once the third of the five temples of Kyoto. There are many important cultural assets, including the Wind and Thunder Gods (original version donated to the Kyoto National Museum), the Shion-tei garden, the Imperial Gate, the Cloud Dragon and the Twin Dragons.

Set Dates
Every day from 15 January 2024 to 26 December 2025 *To be implemented in the following years.

Plan Price
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What's included
Kenninji temple entrance fee

Course Details
Meet: Keihan "Gion Shijo" = walk = in front of Ichirikitei = walk = Gion Koubu Utamai Nerijo = walk = (walk while explaining the exterior), tour of Kenninji temple grounds, main hall, Wind and Thunder Gods, Cloud Dragon, Shioin Garden, Souryuan Dragon Dissolution: Kenninji temple

Time Required
2 hours

Min. # of Participants per Party
1 person

Min. # of Participants
5 people

Max. # of Participants
20 people

Closing Date
7 days before 6pm

Supported Languages


(schedule to be confirmed)

English, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French, Thai

Necessary when making a reservation

(1) Date of implementation

(2) Desired time

(3) Participant's name 

(4) Contact details

Cancellation Fees

Free cancellation within 72 hours of booking.
3 days to 1 day before the experience date: 20%; on the day: 50 50%. No-show or after thetrip has started: 100%.

Meeting Place & Time
Keihan Gion Shijo Station ticket gate
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Time: 14:00 - please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. (Start times can be discussed).

Other (Notes)
This tour is intended for primary school students and above. Each guest under juniorhighschool age must be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
Please take care not to disturb other pedestrians by spreading out and walking. The eventwill be held rain or shine. The event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, suchas when warnings or advisories are issued. In the event of cancellation, we will inform youby 8pm the night before the start time. Please wear comfortable walking clothes and shoes.No parking is available. Please come by public transport.

Photo gallery

#1 At the precincts of Kenninji Temple
While touring the grounds of Kennin-ji Temple, we will explain the history of Kennin-ji Temple and the characteristics of Zen temples. Another highlight is the presence of many pines and tea trees (green tea and the Rinzai sect of Buddhism are closely related), which symbolize the spirit of Zen.

#2 At the main hall
We will provide explanations while looking at the folding screens depicting the wind and thunder gods, the dragons of clouds, the sound garden, etc. By deepening your knowledge, you can enjoy Japanese art more deeply.

#3 At the hall of worship
You will be able to see the spectacular Ssangyong diagram. We will also explain the anecdotes surrounding the principal image of Shakyamuni Buddha.

#4 Free time
Feel free to enjoy the grounds of Kenninji to your heart's content.



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