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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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Personal favorite temple in Kyoto

Peaceful and quiet. Love the wooden main gate. Don't forget to visit the aqueduct and walk on top of it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Peaceful and quiet. Love the wooden main gate. Don't forget to visit the aqueduct and walk on top of it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This temple was set amongst lovely grounds, it is a very old Buddhist Temple, so interesting. It is close to the start of the Philosophers Way, which is also interesting

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one of the biggest temples that is free to walk around. You can go to the zen garden next door (which is under construction and features a bell that you cannot hit, but I hit it anyways since there wasn't a sign). They also try to charge you 500 yen to go upstairs the Temple to see inside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

There's huge aqueduct which is looks like roman style. I guess it must be the only aim of visiting this temple. But it's worth to see. We can also go up on the aqueduct.

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

I am puzzled why this temple made it the top 20. There is nothing spectaluar about this site and the most interesting architecture on site was the Sanmon gate...but that requires climbing up a steep stairway to the top and 500Y poorer all you get is a quick look over a sliver of Kyoto. An additional 300Y to see the... More 

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Buderim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Large temple area with wonderful rock gardens, great buildings and a western design aqueduct. The Rock gardens are accessed through a very lovely building which also has some beautiful screen paintings in the rooms. It was very cold the day I was there so I didn't explore the whole place but there was much more to see.

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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Nanzen-ji is not just one temple, it is a complex of beautiful buildings and even more beautiful gardens. If you don't have a lot of time in Kyoto I would highly recommend putting Nanzen-ji on your list. The old aquaduct is also really interesting and beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Nice place for a morning stroll in the temple grounds. Beautifully manicured and well kept garden. Very serene and peaceful surrounding

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The area around the temple is also worth spending time exploring. It's peaceful, calm and interesting

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

One of my favorite temples! There is a lot to explore and see at this temple. It is also part of the Kyoto trail -a hiking trail that encircles the city. Great for photos and exploring.

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