Discover Kennin Ji, Kyoto Japan

Founded in 1202 by priest Ysai, the Kennin-ji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. In addition to its superb wooden architecture and Zen garden, the temple holds some superb works of art that were created over the centuries by illustrious Japanese artists. The masterpiece, a painting representing Fujin & Rajin, the gods of rain and thunder, is exhibited at the entrance. It was donated by Tawaraya Statsu and was painted on a gilded screen.

  • Kennin Ji, Kyoto , The Kennin-ji Temple in Kyoto , Japan
    The Kennin-ji Temple in Kyoto

    The Kennin-ji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto

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  • Kennin Ji, Kyoto , A temple and some dragons , Japan
    A temple and some dragons

    Painted on the temple's ceiling by artist Koizumi Junsahu, these two dragons commemorated the 800th anniversary of Kennin-ji.

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  • Kennin Ji, Kyoto , A Zen temple and garden , Japan
    A Zen temple and garden

    The temple grounds hold a beautiful Zen garden that is open to everyone.

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  • Kennin Ji, Kyoto , Dragons and Zen , Japan
    Dragons and Zen

    Dragons are often considered to be the protector gods of Zen temples.

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  • Kennin Ji, Kyoto , The year of the dragon , Japan
    The year of the dragon

    On specific occasions, artworks that are normally stowed away are revealed to the public.

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  • Kennin Ji, Kyoto , Bodhidarma and Daruma , Japan
    Bodhidarma and Daruma

    This painting represents Bodhidharma - Daruma in Japanese -, the founder of the Zen tradition.

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