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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 #19 of 372 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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Luzon, Philippines
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Bucharest, Romania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

What I love about this Buddhist temple is the surroundings. It’s a good place to get away from the noise of the more touristic places and take a walk on the 19th century aqueduct you find within the temple complex. There is a separate admission fee for almost every garden/temple but I only focused on the surroundings. It's very close... More

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Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Its a very large complex that has many parts and many admissions areas. I would recommend taking each areas slowly if you have time. It can also incorporated to a day walking trip from the Philosopher's Path. I especially enjoy going up to see the flow of water in the aqueduct. Its' very unique. For those short for time, just... More

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Karuizawa-machi, Japan
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

.... or the beginning depending on where you start. In my view it is too large and there are better karesansui gardens to see. But certainly drop in if you are in the area.

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