- Kenninji Temple is the head temple of the Kenninji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1202 and has been spreading its teachings as the oldest Zen Buddhism temple in Kyoto. The hojo hall was built in the Muromachi Era, and the temple is home to the famous stone garden Daiouen (in front of the hojo), Cho-ontei Garden (courtyard) and ○△□ Garden. “Along with rejuvenating the spirit, spending time at the Cho-ontei Garden with its beautiful moss and maple trees and at the ○△□ Garden designed to represent everything in the universe will help you find yourself,” says temple manager Shundo Asano. You should also take the time to see the huge Twin Dragon Ceiling measuring 108 tatami mats in size that was drawn by Koizumi Junsaku to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the temple.
- Shinobu Nakai