How to get to Kyoto Keninji Temple

Kyoto Keninji Temple

Kenrenji Temple, the grand headquarters of the Kenrenji school of Rinzai Buddhism. The first president was Zen Master Eisai. The founder was Minamoto Yorika. It was founded in 1202, the second year of Kenin in the Kamakura period, and the name of the temple was taken from the year of that time.

The name of the mountain is Touzan (Eastern Mountain). The Buddha Hall was built in imitation of Mt. At the time of its creation, the temple studied the three major sects of Tendai, Tantra, and Zen, and became a dojo specializing in Rinzai Zen from the time of the eleventh Rangye Do-ryong. After 800 years, Kenrenji Temple, a Zen dojo, is still a place of spiritual rest for many people.

An ancient Buddhist temple, close to the Hanami trail, frequented by geisha. The entrance fee is 600 yen, and children’s tickets are 300 yen. But I guess foreign children should not be discounted without supporting documents. The environment is very beautiful and green, so if you are not pressed for time, it is a very nice place to quietly spend time.

This place has a history of more than 800 years. It seems that maple leaves and cherry blossoms are the basic match for Japanese temples, and some have planted some plum blossoms.

How to get there

7 minutes walk from Gion-Shijo Station on Keihan Line,
10 minutes walk from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Line, 5 minutes walk from Higashiyama-Yasui Station on City Bus No. 206 and No. 100 from JR Kyoto Station,
7 minutes walk from Nanza-mae Station on City Bus,
10 minutes walk from Gion Station on City Bus, and 10 minutes walk from Kiyomizu-michi Station.


Adults 500 yen, junior and senior high school students 300 yen

Opening hours

1.March-October 10:00-17:00
2.November-February 10:00-16:30 (entrance closed 30 minutes before closing)
3.Closed from December 28th to December 31st


584 Komatsu-cho, Yamato-Oji-dori Shijo Shimo-Ru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Official Website

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