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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of Emperor Kameyama upon his death. The beautiful grounds include several buildings, hiking trails and a classic Zen garden.
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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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"sanmon gate"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I walked here along the Philosophers Path and after a few diversions to other shrines finally ended up here. The buildings are set within a forest and this both helps maintain the closeness to nature but also obscures the buildings themselves. The aqueduct here is...More

Thank MarcusHurley
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Zen Buddhism, a practical experience, a way of life in simplicity and balance. We are here to pay our respects and well wishes in one of the more important Zen temple of Kyoto. A saying goes by a moment of prayer in 南禅寺 worthy of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were impressed with the size of the main temple. Some people climbed up to enjoy the view. We chose to walk around the grounds. To our surprise there is an aqueduct in the area. It is inspected regularly for safety. We saw a sign...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a pleasant peaceful area with lots of little temples and roads to explore It’s well know for Kyoto style tofu restaurants

Thank Yawara
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Huge temple complex with various buildings and gardens, beautifully set out. A real jewel and a delight to walk around and spend some time here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The zen garden is captivating and best place to be alone to clear your mind to be ready for the future and hopes

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here whilst doing our own little walking tour of some of the temples & shrines around Kyoto. Huge gate your can climb up, impressive historical meaning and very peaceful (if you ignore the American tourists!). Best suggestion is to walk up to the small...More

Thank Jamie P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Temple surrounded by gardens and little temples and shrines within. You’ll see Japanese women dressed up in the traditional Kimono taking photos with their friend Temples and Shrines within the Gardens have a fee of ¥400-500| $5 -6 AUD | $4 -5 USD

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my favourite temple in Kyoto - tranquil, beautiful and atmospheric. From Kaege station, the walk to the temple passes a number of also delightful sub-temples and through a huge temple gate surrounded by groves of carefully trimmed trees and bubbling waterways. The temple...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are several temples inside the compound, each with its own admission tickets. I would suggest to choose the hojo if on a tight budget. We reach there by train, there is a station walking distance from the train station.

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srivastavaz
11 February 2018|
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Response from Gumer Q | Reviewed this property |
Perfect time to visit in Spring. There are too many stairs so I recommend to only visit the gardens on the ground. Always worth a visit though.
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Mahmood A
11 December 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine
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David A
19 April 2015|
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Thanks for your reply.
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