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[Facility] Kennin-ji Temple

[Hours] 10:00~16:00 (11 Jan to 28 Feb: 16:00)
* May close on occasions, so check in advance

  • Stairs
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Unevenness (five or more centimeters)
Kennin-ji Temple

Kennin-ji Temple

This temple was established by Eisaizenji upon returning to Japan from Sung China in the Muromachi period (1333-1573). It was the first Zen temple in Kyoto. Eisai is famous for introducing tea and the preparation method to Japan. Even today, a tea hedge and stone monument to tea stands in the temple. The abbot's chambers and the Chokushi-mon gate were both built in the Muromachi period. Likewise, the screen painting of Wind God and Thunder God (Fujin-Raijin-zu) (national treasure) by Sotatsu Tawaraya is very famous.
Wheelchair users will require assistance to enter the abbot's chambers as there are a doorsill and doorframe at the entrance. Also, as the structure is a culture asset, wheels should be wiped before entry. But, once inside, the visitor can view many cultural assets, starting with Fujin-Raijin-zu. The tour route moves on to the Hodo hall and the teahouse "Toyobo", but access is difficult for wheelchairs because of the steps en route. (Month checked: 2018.Dec, )

Location 584 komatsu-cho yamatooji shijo-sagaru Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto, 605-0811
Tel 075-561-0190
Fax 075-561-5777
Access City Bus Higashiyama Yasui Alight and 5-min walk, City Bus Shijo Keihan-mae Alight and walk 7min, Keihan Gion-Shijo Stn.: Alight and walk 7min, Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.: Alight and 10-min walk
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Disabled person: Free, Assistant: Free
[Charge] General public:¥500, Elementary Sch Students: Free
[Parking]45 cars (north gate)

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Highlights & Barrier Free Info

Kenni-ji Temple entrance

Kenni-ji Temple entrancePass through the gate and continue on down a gentle slope, which has three small uneven points that should not cause any problems.

Abbot's chambers at Kenni-ji Temple

Abbot's chambers at Kenni-ji TempleThis is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. Although set in the heart of Gion, the quiet and magnificence of this temple is breathtaking. There are three steps at the entrance to the abbot's chambers. And, if you have your wheelchair tires wiped clean, you can enter the hall.

Kenni-ji Temple grounds

Kenni-ji Temple groundsThe spacious grounds are flat with flagstones to move across. Although, on the whole, easy to move around for wheelchair users, do watch out for gaps between flagstones. Also, there is one graveled section that is difficult to move across.


TrackThere is a track at the south end of the grounds that wheelchair users can pass along to get to a road carrying traffic, from where you can head for Miyakawa-cho. However, there are vehicle stoppers and a small poles protruding between the vehicle stoppers and a low step (3.5 to 5cm) that have to be negotiated, so take careful. Also, there are lots of small stones on the track.

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