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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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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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This was a very peaceful place with a number of temples around. The gardens were beautiful. Definitely worth a visit. A short walk from the subway too which makes it easy to get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a very peaceful place with a number of temples around. The gardens were beautiful. Definitely worth a visit. A short walk from the subway too which makes it easy to get around.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe I'm just tired of looking at Buddhist Temples. Its nice but after a while, it looks like any other Buddhist Temple in Japan. If you've seen more than 3 or 4 Buddhist Temples in Japan, you're done. Its another. This one isn't too touristy though so it might be worth going to this one.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is near many other temples so it is a good place to wander around. You can go up into the temple and get a decent view of Kyoto. During the fall color change the trees are surreal.

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Spokane, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved visiting this temple! It was not crowded at all, and we had plenty of time to wander the grounds in peace and quiet. Lovely temple buildings and grounds.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would rate this much higher than some of the pressured temples and shrines in close to Kyoto. It is serene, a beautiful walk, and interesting. There is so much to see here. Don't miss the small temple at the left had side above the aquaduct.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple has so many points of interest that it would be a lost to miss it. The temple gate is enormous, I haven't seen anything like it in all the temples that I've visited in Japan. The craftsmanship that went into it's manufacturing it's impressive. The main building it's equally beautiful and the aqueduct near it is something that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very large/huge temple. The only impression I have of this temple is the large blackened structure. Something different from other temples. Go read up its history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much I can say that people haven't already. This should be one of the must-sees, with a huge temple, zen rock garden, beautifully kept grounds. What I can add is that entering the paid area really reminded me of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, where she's introduced to her new home and running around. Amazing feeling. I also followed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here at the end of my trip down the Philosopher's Path. It's quite an impressive temple, with an amazing huge gate, the aqueduct and beautiful gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe it was the rain/mist and the lack of tourists, but the group thoroughly enjoyed walking up to Nanzen-ji temple (as the bus still stops a distance away)and then exploring the grounds. we paid to walk up the gate to get a view of the temple grounds, which are surrounded by lush forest. Take some time to go to the... More 

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