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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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The name of Nanzenji means a south temple for Zen, meditation. The garden is typical style of Zen temple and it was very beautiful. In the premises, there is an old water bridge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

The name of Nanzenji means a south temple for Zen, meditation. The garden is typical style of Zen temple and it was very beautiful. In the premises, there is an old water bridge. That is also a view spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I visited the temple having walked the Philosophers Walk and found the whole experience quite spiritual. The site is extremely impressive especially the main gate structure. Take time to wander around the whole site as ther are few areas that are quite and calming. The scenery and structures are stunning and great photographic material.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Today we visited Nanzenji temple. I must say it is not as nice as I expected. Other people are right in saying you have to pay for every single garden to enter. Well I don't want to pay 500¥ when I can't even see over the fence to see what might be inside. Not a must see

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I spent half a day walking around and came across this imposing and very big temple. The trees were not yet in full blossom but it was just a very nice landscape. it's particularly nice for couples who want to relax and enjoy the scenery and families as there is a big open space and garden for kids to play... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is the nicest and most atmospheric of the large temples in Kyoto. Approached through a huge temple gate surrounded by groves of trees and bubbling waterways from the leafy hillside behind, the temple and its sub-temples and their exquisite gardens are peaceful and very beautiful. The adjoining brick aqueduct from the Meiji era is an interesting attraction itself and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Beautiful gardens, old buildings and surprising brick aquifer for water transport like the roman ones! Worth the walk around the extended grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This temple is set amongst beautiful grounds and gardens. Entry to the broader complex is free but for small admissions i.e. 300-500 yen a person you can enter other areas that are well worth the small admission prices. One is the Sanmon gate that the entry fee allows you to climb a steep set of stairs to a verandah for... More 

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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Nanzen-ji Temple is actually a big garden that houses several sub-temples inside the area. The garden itself is beautiful and worth the visit. When you explore the temple, make sure you go at the end of the temple where you can find a big and beautiful brick aqueduct that can lead you straight to Keage Incline. Unfortunately, I didnt use... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I stopped there on my way from the Silver pavilion after I took the Philosopher's Walk. The most impressive was the giant gate. The whole complex was rather quite and not polluted by heavy tourist traffic. Really relaxing spot. Needlessly omitted.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Unfortunately we did't spend much time there but we enjoyed it anyway. It is really big wooden temple and it is worth to see if you are in Kyoto!

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