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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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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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Interesting and not too crowded

I really liked wandering around this large temple's grounds. The main area is all free and there are smaller areas you can pay to enter. It's well worth a visit. I would rate it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I really liked wandering around this large temple's grounds. The main area is all free and there are smaller areas you can pay to enter. It's well worth a visit. I would rate it better than some of the more popular spots.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My husband and I stopped in Nanzen-ji after doing the "Philosopher's Walk," and definitely didn't expect it to be so large or interesting. The grounds are beautiful, and although there are things you can pay to see, plenty are free. The aqueduct is particularly interesting, and there is a great hiking trail behind. We didn't go far, but it looked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Although maybe not the most visually remarkable temple in Kyoto, this temple was my favorite. Instead of being swamped with people, Nanzenji Temple was very quiet and serene when I visited. Also, there is a neat aqueduct on the property and you can walk up a trail alongside the aqueduct to see a cool view over Kyoto.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Of all the amazing places we visited in Kyoto, this and Fushimi Inari Shrine are amongst the most memorable. Everything about this temple is remarkable, the smell, scale and atmosphere. When we visited it was incredibly quiet, and we had the temple to ourselves for quite some time. You have to pay to go up, I believe it was around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Lots of different temples, buildings and gardens to see, a great experience! the only issue was that you had to pay to get in to see each individual one, so for two of us it was quite an expensive visit in all! Tenjyuan Gardens, which is one of the first signs you come to on your right hand side as... More 

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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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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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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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