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Address: 86-12 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-771-3511
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Inattentive ticket taker, nice garden and temple, quiet

This was the only place in Japan where we had inattentive service. The ticket taker was on the phone, and continued his conversation long after we approached the window (even... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Surprise, Arizona

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Surprise, Arizona
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the only place in Japan where we had inattentive service. The ticket taker was on the phone, and continued his conversation long after we approached the window (even though he saw us but did not acknowledge us). We were very surprised. This is another temple that is often ignored as people rush to the more famous temple nearby... More 

Thank ALT44
Houston, Texas
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419 reviews
242 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first place we stopped as we began following the Philosopher's Walk and the gardens were just exquisite. We would gladly have stayed longer but knew we needed to allow time for the rest of the walk. Not to be missed, it is a beautiful beginning.

Thank KLsWanderlust
New York
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

If you are in the vicinity of Nanzen-ji and appreciate small, quiet, well designed gardens, then you should visit Konchi-in. It's a lovely space. If you are in a rush, you can probably see the whole thing in 10 minutes, but you'll have missed what makes the space so satisfying. There's a delightful koi pond, with two stone bridges, a... More 

Thank Leonard G
Oxford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Very small gardens, went in just before closing time so only had 10 minutes to wander around but really enjoyed it, the landscaping was nice and they had a lot of small turtles/tourtoise freely roaming around

Thank evilowl
Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

No crowds (only three people in the whole place). A quite spot away from the masses at other sites. Fantastic old artwork and gardens.

Thank Mike C
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We found this nice 15th century temple on our way to Philosopher's Path (from Gion). We were basically alone and the garden was breathtaking. (including the Japanese Garden). It was one of the nicest gardens we saw in Japan, without the crowds.

Thank PetPPP
Brussels, Belgium
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620 reviews
343 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

You get to see some of the interior of the temple itself too. The garden has something special, don't know how t call it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Depending which direction you are walking, this is either, just before the beginning, or just after the end of the Philosophers Walk. it is a short walk through the pedestrian tunnel from Keage train station. This is such a beautiful and peaceful temple that it's surprising that it is so little visited. The gardens are superb and although small are... More 

Thank flathead53
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My husband and I stumbled across this on the walk from the train station to Nanzen-Ji. The fee of 400 yen was well worth the visit. The gardens were exceptionally beautiful, and there weren't any other people around. Our stroll through here was very peaceful and one of the highlights of our visit to Kyoto.

Thank Katie1211
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

From Metro station, I went through a tunnel and walked through a small path. I walked along old good houses with beautiful garden of plums, then I came across this temple. The garden was not so big but the Japanese traditional garden was very good. There were a few tourists and it was very quiet.

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.