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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 373 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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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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Aix-en-Provence, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The gardens of the temple are one of the most quiet and relaxing places we visited in Kyoto, one of the few that had actual spirituality left in them. it's definitely worth the visit!

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Palatine, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Arrived here at the temple from the Philosopher's Walk. The gate was huge and we were able to go up into it for a great view of the grounds. The gate had a nice little altar inside. From the gate we walked into the grounds and saw an example of a Japanese Aquaduct. The temple was small and plain in... More

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Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We entered the grounds to Nanzen-ji via the huge Sanmon gate (it really is huge!), we were there late afternoon on a very hot day. We wandered around the grounds for a while (which are free entrance) and then headed over to the aquaduct. Although Nanzen-ji was busy with people, it didn't feel crowded, it felt quite peaceful. The aquaduct... More

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This was across the street from our hotel, so we were able to start the day with this temple complex. It was spectacularly beautiful, with almost NOBODY else walking through it. We were spoiled by having a car and getting to see temples outside of Kyoto virtually all to ourselves, so seeing this temple in this way was a bonus.... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place is calm & peaceful. It is very huge and too bad that we reached there quite late, most of the places in it is already closed for visit. While I am resting at the main gate, one Japan woman knock my leg and chase me away by asking me "go home" in Japanese, I was furious but did... More

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This tempe is not too touristy. Has nice setting, interesting olds aqueduct in the area. But the most special and zen is the Hoji garden where you walk and see the garden from the verandas and corridors and can also see beautiful drawings on the walls and sliding doors.

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Cologne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The place is large enough to not appear crowded. Impressed by the gigantic gate you can walk up to the forest and feel how the place gets more and more beautiful and quiet. The aqueduct surprises a bit, but having seen some more in Europe, I enjoyed it.

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Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The front gate here is known as 'Tenka Ryumon' (the greatest Dragon Gate on earth) and it's huge - the gate is counted as one of the three great gates in Kyoto and worth a visit just to see what you can do with a load of heavy timber! Nanzen-ji book-ends the southern section of the Path of Philosophy and... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

the temple is fun, the huge gate at the front is interesting, and a place to sit down and rest for a moment, there is the aqueduct that is out of place but adds to the experience. Also walk up past the aqueduct up the path into the forest, up to the shrine and waterfall. the kids were re-enacting hobbit... More

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