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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 368 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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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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4 helpful votes 4 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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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Aberdeen, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The temple complex here is large, but there seems to be a separate admission fee for every bit so we only visited the main temple and garden. It was quite small but very tranquil, the main building has many rooms with elaborately decorated screens, and a peaceful zen garden.

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Kyoto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Nanzen-ji is not the best temple among all the temples along the Philosopher's Path. If you have limited time or suffered from 'temple-fatigue' don't spend too much time in there. However, the old aquaduct is certainly worth a visit. Just head straight to the back of the temple complex. There're footpath and stairs leading up to the duct level. It's... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

For a pleasant afternoon in Kyoto, take the subway to Keage Station and visit Nanzen-ji as the first stop on the way along the Path of Philosophy to Ginkaku-ji Temple. Nanzen-ji is a zen temple in a beautiful garden setting. Part of a broader complex of temples and shrines in the area, there is a huge wooden gate, and a... More

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New York City, New York
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

One of the only temples you can climb. Grab a scenic view. Gardens are beautiful especially the small zen garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I lived in Kyoto 30 years ago and not once did I visit this great Temple just a short walk from Heian-jingu. Worth the walk and very close to the beginning of the Philospher's Path to Ginkaku-ji. The aqueduct is so beautiful and unexpected. A little niche of European charm juxtaposed over a classic Zen temple. Don't miss the garden.... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Nanzenji is huge, consisting of a few sub temple. I only visited the main hall and the went up to old wooden Sanmon gate. Got to pay a small fee, take off your shoes and climb up a steep narrow stair up to the viewing deck. Once up there, I think it is worth then effort. I enjoyed the serenity... More

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