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Nanzen-ji Temple

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Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-0365
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Description: This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of Emperor...
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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Very peaceful. Lush. Fewer tourists

This was a most peaceful place. Probably most so out of the temples and shrines I have visited to date. Not as many tourists as elsewhere. This would be an ideal place to come... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was a most peaceful place. Probably most so out of the temples and shrines I have visited to date. Not as many tourists as elsewhere. This would be an ideal place to come at cherry blossom time or in the autumn

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very very relaxing and pleasant visit, probably one of the less crowded places to visit, so its truly enjoyable.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The best part of Nanzen-ji is the Nanzen Oku-I (which means “shrine deep inside of Nanzenji) which is nestled away in the hill-side at the end of a steep but moderate climb. This was a true off the beaten-path gem. The shrine consisted of a waterfall and shrine area, as well as a neat grotto. We were amazed by the... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Just fantastic. The buildings are breathtaking. I don't think a trip to Kyoto would be complete with out a visit.

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This temple is a must to visit when in Kyoto and contains a beautiful Zen Garden. As you walk around the pathways, each corner presents a new view of the pruned and raked Japanese garden. You can also see the beautiful interior rooms.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We should of been here first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. A beautiful, peaceful temple. The buildings and gardens are easy to navigate. Glad we went.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Such a wonderful place. Its massive gate greets you on arrival...go up to the second floor for lovely views. The main hall is beautiful while the scent of insense fills the air...creates a very calming atmosphere. To the right you'll find a redbrick aquaduct which is one of the prettiest things I've seen in a while. Probably one of my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

An oasis of beautiful buildings, and pathways, with a man made stream running throughout. Ancient wooden buildings , Japanese black pine trees... Stone walkways... zen like just to walk through this place

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Interesting grounds, especially with the viaduct. Probably the most contemplative of all the zen gardens that we saw in Kyoto. Love the simplicity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Biggest temple we visited while in Kyoto but not the best. Worth a visit and it's an easy stroll from Ginkaku-ji temple along the philospher's path.

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