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Nanzen-ji Temple

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Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-771-0365
8:45 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Zen temple

Nanzen ji is beautiful zen complex. One of the best you can see in Kyoto. It is ideal place for Sunday afternoon meditation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jiri V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nanzen ji is beautiful zen complex. One of the best you can see in Kyoto. It is ideal place for Sunday afternoon meditation.

Thank Jiri V
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When setting our schedule for temple/shrine visits in Kyoto, I wanted a balance of famous most visited temples as well as quieter and less visited places, especially because it was August and a high travel season. This temple was recommended by our concierge at the hotel and did not disappoint. First, the main entrance to this temple is an impressive... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful complex with various bldgs to visit. One needs to pay about 600Yen to visit each bldg (about 4 or 5 in total) but can otherwise enjoy the walkways and scenery for free. If you are not in a rush to visit the whole city in a day or two, I think this would be pleasant leisurely walk.

Thank TravellingIda
Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Somewhat reminiscent of Nara, Nanzen-ji is a beautiful site and something of a departure from many of Kyoto's other temples. With the exception of the Autumn season (foliage makes this site popular) Nanzenji is usually quiet. It has a uniquely large incense bowl and some beautiful motifs painted on the ceiling of the Honden. The second story of the Sanmon... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure what else I can say that others haven't already said. It's a beautiful temple on amazing grounds. The aqueduct is amazing, as is the huge gate you can go up to the top and look at from. Recommended.

1 Thank Joel D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple is at the end of the path of Philosophy walk. It is one that you want to see because it offers a great view of the city. You need to climb up to the second floor of this huge temple and enjoy the scenery. This place has beautiful gardens and is a wonderful experience.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple was like any other temple in Japan but what stood out for me was the massive gate Sanmon. The gate was constructed in 1628 and you can climb up and see the view of the city. The stairs are rather steep and there's a spot where you're likely to bump your head going up and down the stairs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pay extra to visit the garden on the right side for some peace and space for reflection away from the tourists. You can also walk up the hillside. When we did, an old man was playing a horn beside a small shrine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this beautiful Buddhist shrine within walking distance of our hotel the Westin Miyako- very serene , beautiful and quiet without crazy crowds- highly recommend it.

Thank Arun N
Greenock, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really just a run of the mill temple apart from the impressive sanmon building. I might be a little negative but I visited here on day three and was a little weary of temples (I found the shrines cheaper, more beautiful, you could keep your shoes on and you could take more pictures).

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