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Nanzen-ji Temple

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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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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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Reviewed today

Unknowingly located in a park far away from other attractions, the enormous temple gate towers above everything else. It's very quite and peaceful here as most other tourists are at the more famous temples which makes this area all the worth while since it's not...More

Thank BrandonTravelReviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nanzen-ji Temple, is a beautiful temple walking distance from Heian Shrine. It is also much less busy than many of the other shrines in the area. The grounds in particular, are beautiful and the gardens (there is an extra fee to visit) are beautiful. Upon...More

Thank _AliCar3_
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Nanzenji temple is not mentioned so often but it is a walking distance from the famous Heian Shrine .the Nazenji temple are are rather quiet to vist not crowded so much comparing Fushimi Shrine or Kiyomizu temple which are often mentioned in the guide...More

Thank kayoko t
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since I first visited Nanzen-ji some decades ago it has remained a favorite place to visit, and the gardens continue to be among the best I know, and the painted sliding panels of the head priest's living hall are breathtaking, the old aquaduct is...More

Thank K3497TPgregorym
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a must see - sprawling temple areas with some great views from The gate house and pagoda.

Thank glennharrold
Reviewed September 11, 2018

not too crowded, a relaxing place impressive architecture and big wooden construction. A big and recommended park area around the temple.

Thank Caramellino
Reviewed August 23, 2018

On the way into the Nanzen-ji Temple grounds, I stopped to climb to the top of the huge torii gate at the entrance. Originally built in 1296, the Sanmon Gate symbolizes the three roads to Buddhist liberation. It burned and was rebuilt in 1628 to...More

Thank Sharon H
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

I visited upon the recommendation of a friend. It was about a ten minute walk from the Keage station on Tozai subway line. It was a nice, quiet place to visit. A good place to relax and meditate. The entry is free but you pay...More

Thank ptyduke
Reviewed July 22, 2018

It was my 2nd time there. The first time I came was in April-May and there was water flowing in the aqueduct on top but we arrived very late and it was dark. I came back in August and it was all dry and they...More

Thank Piggy007
Reviewed July 18, 2018

This is the only temple we went to in Kyoto, so I can't compare, but I felt completely fulfilled by our trip here. We climbed up the gate to see breathtaking views over the city; walked in the lush garden around the pond (jaw-droppingly beautiful),...More

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July 16, 2018|
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Response from Graham H | Reviewed this property |
About 1.5 hrs. The tour itself is 50 minutes, but there are gardens to see and photographs to be taken. Allow at least 1 hr 15 mins.
February 10, 2018|
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Response from Gumer Q | Reviewed this property |
Perfect time to visit in Spring. There are too many stairs so I recommend to only visit the gardens on the ground. Always worth a visit though.
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December 10, 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine