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Nanzen-ji Temple

Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8435, Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-771-0365
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Ranked #14 of 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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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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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This complex has one of the only Sanmen that you can go up in, and offers a good view of the temple complex and parts of Kyoto. A bit pricey at 500 yen, but if you're in Kyoto, you're used to the entrance fees by now. Beautiful autumn scenes. It's also a functioning temple for religious, social, and business functions.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This temple isn't the most famous one, but I really like it. The Sanmon gate is a world heritage site. It is an original gate, built almost 400 years ago, well preserved, stood high and massive. The weather wasn't cold enough, only one or two tree were turning red. I was very happy to see that. The most impressive is... More

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washington, dc
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Seeing this place after some of the other Kyoto temples and shrines made this place seem lesser. Maybe the colors were not advanced enough, but the views were not as stunning as the Golden Pavilion, Silver Pavilion, Elkando , Sanjusangendo, or Kiyomizudera.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

After strolling along the philosophers path, our goal was to reach this temple, and we were amazed and overwhelmed by the immense size of the first building. We climbed the very steep stairway( mind your head at the low door way at the top) and gazed at

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Go in Autumn! Beautiful colours and a great place to meander around. We could only stay for 30min but could have stayed much longer. If you're into photography you wood have a field day here.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It's worth to pay the small entrance fee, climb up the steep stairs and enjoy the great view from the upper floor of the Sanmon gate. In autumn the colors of the surrounding forest are spectacular.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is by far one of the best temples Kyoto has to offer, however no one seems to make any big deal out of it! The temple is magnificent and quite large, and is situated in a quiet and peace complex. There is also an aqueduct behind the temple which still flows, and makes for a great photo opportunity. Nanzen-ji... More

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Miami, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a beautiful place worth visiting! The architecture is impressive. We came down the Philosopher's Path and it was impressive site to behold.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

While many other temples and shrines in Kyoto are really crowded with bus loads of tourists and groups of schoolchildren Nanzen-ji was very quiet when I visited (around midday). Everything how I imagined Japan to be, immaculate garden, impressive architecture, simply beautiful. For photographing the dark wood the sky seems to absorb light which make the structures seem black so... More

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