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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8435, Japan
+81 75-771-0365
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Ranked #18 of 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens
Owner description: This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of Emperor Kameyama upon his death. The beautiful grounds include several buildings,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We went at around 4pm, and caught the best light for photography. The garden is beautiful: water, Koi, bamboos, lost of sculpted trees, some stunning buildings. Entrance is Yen 400 and absolutely worth it. Try to get to the high ground on the walkway above the temples as sunset approaches. You will get a lovely view over Kyoto and watch... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Another landmark in Kyoto near the Philosophers' Walk. The wooden structures, the ponds and the landscape are worth viewing during the visit. The best time to visit here is during sakura time in spring while the autumn season will be the second alternative. Route to this place is simple as you can take the bus or underground directly from JR... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is another of the Kyoto landmarks that is totally beautiful but so crowded that it kind of diminishes the pleasure of walking around such peaceful places. The big zen garden with the rocks is the famous landmark. I recommend a visit to see it but all temples are wonderful really.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

To be honest, we came upon this by accident while walking to the metro. It's an enormous original structure with access to the second floor giving wonderful views. Although a bit out of the way, we think it's well worth seeking out for its sheer size and age.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Passing through from Philosopher's Walk, you'll immediate be greeted by the towering wooden gate. That alone is worth seeing. The detail, beauty, tranquility and fact that it's centuries old is quite impressive.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A lovely temple with greenery, sunshine & amazing architecture, just sitting here for awhile, to forget all your troubles, beautiful walk from Philosopher's Path, lovely streets, quiet & safe neighbourhood. Will visit again, hopefully in autumn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

There are many beautiful Buddhist temples throughout Kyoto. If you need help figuring out which ones to visit, I’d recommend visiting this temple based on location alone. The temple is beautiful with a massive gate and surrounding zen gardens. Plus, from here, you can head to the Path of Philosophy (a 2 km pedestrian path along a stream lined with... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The temples are all quite different, and Nanzen Ji, along with several of the neighboring temples and the palace, are all must see places when you visit Kyoto. Don't forget your camera! Some of these places are over a thousand years old!

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I got there a little later in the day than intended, so it was in the process of closing down for the night, but even thus it was still a very nice, pretty place to look at and photograph. It's a little out of the way on the East of Kyoto, but I recommend it if you're taking in temples.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This temple and gardens were not very crowded on our visit. It was really cool to see the aqueduct still in use today, it also made for some great photos! The leaves turning reds and oranges in Autumn would make spectacular scenery here.

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