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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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8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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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With its mighty gate and many old trees, plus the small cherry trees bulvard, which was on its last days of blosom.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

With its mighty gate and many old trees, plus the small cherry trees bulvard, which was on its last days of blosom.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The temple portal is monumental, and the grounds are spacious with lovely trees and vegetation. However my favorite was the hidden garden (a nominal fee for admission) off to the right as you walk in. Few visitors, quiet. It is small but exquisite, carefully planned and laid out, and offering a sense of calm and peace. You can easily stroll... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The temple grounds were very pretty, and the area wasn't too crowded when we visited. My husband and I were happy to explore the grounds and didn't bother paying to go into the temple. We thought this was a great start to walk the Philosopher's Path.

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Ahmedabad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Unlike some other temples In Kyoto, it is not difficult to locate this temple as an entire neighborhood goes by this name. My ryokan was a stones throw from this temple. Sitting smugly with its back to the eastern mountain , the temple had a splendid back drop. More than the temple , which does not have an entrance fee,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We actually purchased the ticket to go up the gate and see the view from there. It's like stepping into ancient history. As it was cherry blossom season we could get a very nice of the area from the top and amazing breeze make it even better. We didn't actually get to go inside the temple but even the area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Magnificent Zen gate and temple with the sweetest neighboring gardens - this one should be on your don't miss list

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Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This temple is impressive and the grounds offer something different with the aqueduct. From the aqueduct if you climb up the steps just to the north you can walk along the top and follow a disused rail track all the way into town which is recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

peaceful even when there's a huge crowd around. nice temple to take a breather from shopping. i went during the cherry blossom season and from this temple u can go to this path known as Keage Incline which is a downslope path with a un-used railway track. it's a rocky path and not easy to walk if you are in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

From the rock gardens to the traditional gardens, the painted screens to tatami, this place was lovely. It had to most "bang for your buck" of all the temples I've seen (and after living in Japan a year, I've seen a lot)!! You get a bit of everything here. Definitely pay the 500yen to enter the structure at the back-... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

We made an easy walk to this temple from our hotel - the Westin Miyako. The entrance gate is enormous and beautiful, but we didn't pay the 500 yen to climb it. Instead, we focused on the Hojo (Abbot's Quarters) behind the temple next to the hillside, which contains exquisitely preserved rooms with famous tiger and other murals, plus gorgeous... More 

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