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Nanzen-ji Temple

Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-0365
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Ranked #15 of 405 Attractions in Kyoto
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Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of...
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Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

If you plan to visit Eikan-do (永觀堂), you should also include the nearby Nanzen-ji Temple (南禪寺). Nanzen-ji Temple, also known as Zuiryusan, is a Zen (禪) Buddhist temple and one of the most well-known Rinzai Zen temples in Japan. It is located northeast of Kyoto station and about 7 km (4.35 mi) from the city center. Before Nanzen-ji Temple was... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

The initial walk to the garden was amazing. I could sit there for 20 minutes in silence and just admire the beautiful autumn foliage set in the gravel garden. Further inside, the pond and the autumn foliage was equally amazing.

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I visited in November, Japan's tourist season, and all the temples were very busy with people. Despite the crowds the main temple was large and the intricate details were amazing. The aqueduct arches are worth seeing and the tidy grounds are very serene.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

we went in the middle of the day and had the place to ourselves. Definitely make sure to see this place while you're in Kyoto. The quiet compared to the rest of the city and attractions will be almost shocking. Also, get to walk around the temple in slippers while sipping green tea!

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Greenery and mountains (like all of Kyoto) are on display. This place is near the foot of the mountains and not a far walk from the hotels. There is a coin machine here where you can buy a golden souvenir of the temple's namesake, add another to your Kyoto temple coin collection. This place is nestled in a quiet neighborhood... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Just a short distance from Konchi-in is the large complex of Nanzenji temple. The SanMon gate is impressive two story gate, you can take the steps to the second floor to get a getter view of scenic Kyoto city. The main hall is large and ornamental but closed for public. Behind the main hall are maple trees and a giant... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This temple is famous for its momiji (maple leaves) which become red and yellow in Autumn. You can view the maple trees for free. There is a great mon (gate), paid entrance, from where the view is beautiful. Behind the gate, there is the old Kyoto aqueduct, from where a trail leads up the hill. The surroundings are nice too,... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The ground was a bit wet because of rain but it didn't matter because the autumn colors were so pretty. Many people were gathered but not too crowded so we still got few amazing shots. The garden was huge and we had amazing time strolling around the area.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Many sub-temples here to visit. The gate is large at 2 stories and is quite impressive. There is also an aqueduct adjacent to the temple which is very interesting dating from the 1890's

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

After visiting Ginkakuji and walking on philosopher path our destination was Nanzenji temple in Eastern Kyoto.Because of poor English signage we reached the place late in the afternoon and the temple was closed.The 'Sanmon' entrance gate was impressive but the climb to the gate's balcony was also shut.The temples provide great photo op.The premises is fairly large and we were... More 

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