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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.
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  • Average8%
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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

I love the temples and shrines in Japan. We went during Winter, and it was quite cool. Absolutely loved it though. Got stuck trying to fit through the hole in the pillar lol. You will understand when you go.

Thank John W
Reviewed 5 July 2015

A bit of a trek from city center, but completely worth it. The gardens are outstanding, and the entire area is breathtaking.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The first time I visited Nanzenji was at about 5am one morning. As my companion and I walked beyond the great gate towards the Dharma Hall, we heard the sound of Zen monks chanting within. An unforgettable experience. The "Southern Zen Temple" (Nanzenji) a large...More

Thank JanInJapan
Reviewed 30 June 2015

I have been to several major popular temples around Kyoto and Nara but Nanzen-ji has a special place in my heart. The moment I walk into the area, I felt so at peace, so calming with the beautiful trees surrounding both sides the pathway to...More

1  Thank calvinjunichiro
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

Amazing zen gardens and typical house/monerastry as you would envisage a Japanese place to be. Not crowded with tour groups ... well worth a visit

1  Thank thetravelbuddha
Reviewed 21 June 2015

We went to see the rock garden, which we knew by so many photos... and there were no waves at all, only plain square and lines. Disappointed.

Thank Lpinto
Reviewed 18 June 2015

It's a short walk from The Westin and there's a pretty nice tofu restaurant on the way there. Compared with the other temples we've visited, we would have passed on this one if we had known better.

Thank L Z
Reviewed 16 June 2015

This was a wonderful huge site with another amazing Temple to view. The approach is quite majestic and was flying a lot of flags when I visited. The ugly seated figure is there to heal your ailments but despite offerings I still am waiting!! The...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 15 June 2015

If you are looking for the traditional western ideal of Japan, then look no further. This temple and the surrounding area have everything, rock gardens, koi ponds, incense cauldrons, chanting monks, and spectacular views. Be prepared to spend many hours... and bring extra batteries for...More

Thank Jermvw
Reviewed 13 June 2015

What better way there is to start off the Philosopher’s Walk with a great temple and a beautiful aqueduct to match? Both the temple and the aqueduct are easily accessible and while the aqueduct is rather new (late 19th century), the temple itself dates back...More

Thank TheShis
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