Kenninji Temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and was founded by the man credited with bringing Zen and tea to Japan from Song China, Yousai. It is Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, said to be the location where tea drinking originated in Japan. The lecture hall features a painting created by Junsaku Koizumi titled “Twin Dragons”. “The Wind and Thunder Gods”, created by the famous Sotatsu Tawaraya, has been entrusted to the Kyoto National Museum, however a replica is available for viewing.

Location Information

  • Address

    584, Komatsucho, Yamatooji-dori Shijo-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0933

  • Nearest Station
    Gionshijo Station
    ・ Keihan Line
    7 minutes on foot
  • Phone Number
    Available languages
    only in Japanese
  • Hours
    10:00am - 4:30pm
    *Open until 16:00 from November to February
  • Closed
    *Closed April 19 – 20*Closed June 4 – 5*Closed December 28 – 31
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