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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This ancient temple is at the end of the Philosopher's Walk, a lovely 2km passage through historical Kyoto. The large and manicured grounds of Nanzen-Ji provide an appropriate backdrop to the temple buildings. They are somewhat tired looking, but generate a contemplative mood.

Thank GeorgeFMarkhamON
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The temple is an impressive building but I came here for the garden which is well worth-while seeking out if you are on the Philosophers Walk. It's a beautiful garden in which to stroll.

Thank JanelleandGraham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the combination of a temple with an aqueduct is interesting, but wasn't really 'ours'. We like other temples more. 4 stars are for the sliding doors (i.e. gold with tigers) that are really awesome. No pictures allowed unfortunately. Admission 500 Yen

Thank StefanS71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is lot of things to see, really beautiful and calm place. Daytime full of tourist but later in the afternoon better if you want to take pictures without many tourist.

Thank SanTiili
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple is fairly ordinary compared to other temples in Kyoto. The shopping street is good for souvenirs like green tea and purses. On the edge of the Philosopher's Path and a good additional site to go to.

Thank 15anglee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Huge wooden building, leads up steep steps and to great high view. Bit of building work didn't help. Very impressive.

Thank Motley2112
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting Ginkaku-ji Temple and negotiating the pleasant stroll down the 'Philosopher's Walk, we came across one of the entrances to Nanzen-ji without any preconceived plans to visit. Nanzen-ji is actually a large complex of temples spread over extensive grounds, containing some interesting and unusual...More

Thank Peter320318
Reviewed 11 August 2017

A peace and tranquil ancient zen temple in which all its characteristics come alive. Truly you will feel the peace and serenity all around as you walk the temple grounds and admire the true craftsmanship of the past era.

Thank Adrian Y
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Sanmon Gate, an awesome, large gate.is the entrance to the Nanzenji Temple complex. 500-yen gets you in, take off your shoes and store in plastic bags provided and huff & puff up some very steep stairs No photos while in doors. Once you get to...More

Thank DYA717
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Enjoyed the temple. Basically across from the Westin where we stayed. Not a busy as some of the other temples we visited in Kyoto. Again we were there in January.

Thank Deac83
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