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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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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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One of the great temples.

One of the most important temples in Kyoto. Impresive gardens, magnificents painted pannels inside, zen (rock) gardens and a viaduct. Great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

One of the most important temples in Kyoto. Impresive gardens, magnificents painted pannels inside, zen (rock) gardens and a viaduct. Great!

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Kyoto, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is one of the largest temple grounds I've visited in Kyoto! My friend and I took the philosophers' path to this temple which takes a GREAT DEAL of walking to get to Nanzen-ji Temple! However, the place is quite picturesque and mnay photograph-enthusiasts hang around here to get various shots of the place.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

we were there in winter, so the garden scenes were very bleak. but we can say that the gardens are in some way designed in order to highlight the red leaves. looking at the photos, we can't help picutring 'what if there were the red leaves', and the autumn scenes shall sure be awesome. we plan to visit again, in... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This was our first stop on three week visit to the Kansai area. We stayed in a nearby neighborhood so we walked to the temple on our first day. The temple itself is beautiful and well maintained. The gardens toward the rear are first rate and well worth the fee to enter. There is a circular path around the garden... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We spent the morning on foot heading North from Yasaka shrine through the major temples. An early start to the day (designed to avoid the heat) meant that we also avoided the tourist buses. This is a fantastic space with the temple, gardens and an aqueduct. Many beautiful photo opportunities, but somehow don't think we would have viewed it as... More 

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Northville, Michigan
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We went there in a sunny late afternoon. Not very crowded. The scenic is breathtaking. I will never forget the experience there. The whole area is a such beautiful harmony. It echoes your soul.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place can get very busy as it's in a main temple complex. The rooms are nice. But, if you only have the budget (or attention span) for one zen temple I would definitely suggest that you go to Eikando instead.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

if you'replanning on visiting nanzen-ji take a wll filled purse with you. Absolutely all the things that are open to be visted here all have there own entrance tickets and price. From the mai giant portal to the little garden to the right of the portal the temple at the rearof the complex each has it's own price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Beautiful temple complex with lots of little areas to explore . There are many maple trees there, and I can only imagine that it must be stunning in the fall! Be sure to walk all the way back to the smaller temple with the zen garden and some lovely painted panels to admire.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

gorgeous walk way up to temple...so quiet and peaceful... I spent a sometime just sitting in gardens...so pretty. a great start to my walk from here along philosophers walk to Ginkaku ji.

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Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-0365
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

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