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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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Outstanding temple and garden

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Mike C
Hong Kong, China

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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.

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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.

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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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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 

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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.

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Arrived at Keage station, exiting to the right, a nice countryside view of northern Higashiyama, Kyoto. Following the direction, you will find a red brick tunnel, go inside it and you'll arrive at a pleasant neighbourhood where the quiet Konchi-in is on the left side. Before arrived at Konchi-in main gate, we can see the small shrine of Toshogu, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Location: close to Nanzen-ji temple and the Biwako canal, not far from Kyoto zoo, museums and red Torii gate in south Higashiyama. Site: admission 400 yen. This quiet temple and garden is less visited than the nearby Nanzen-ji, but it's worth your time: a stroll through moss and tree lined paths , past a small waterfall, to a spacious dry... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

We hit a good time for this one. No one was inside which permitted a chance to think as well as look. It's a lovely rock garden and a small temple. Certainly worth a gander. I give it four stars. It is an average temple but hidden, so therefore quiet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Skip the heavily touristed gardens and go to Shorenin or the lovely garden of Konchi-in. When we were there on a Tuesday afternoon, it was just us, the person manning the ticket booth, and a lady who worked inside the temple. The placement of the rock garden is incredible! And the virtually dead pine (presumably alive when the garden was... More 

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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.