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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nanzenji temple is in the hills of Sakyo-Ku area of Kyoto; beautiful setting with lots of trees and pathways. There is an old aqueduct on the property, that is also interesting to see. The gardens are wonderful. Lovely place for a leisurely stroll.

Thank Cheryl G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didnt visit the inside but the daimon provides nice overview of kyoto. There is a spectacular aquaduct which feels roman and is the first one iv seen in japan so far. Did a bicycle tour to visit this one. Recommended to rent a bike

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Peaceful temple. We went in the morning and it was not too crowded. Short walk from Keage subway station. Area around the temple is worth a stroll too. Consider Eikan-do and Keage Incline, which are just a short walk away.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for the quiet temple atmosphere that is Kyoto? Nanzenji is the place to go. The beautiful garden inside, walking along the grounds outside, just perfect. It was lightly raining while we were there which added to the visit. Allow time to enjoy all parts...More

Thank Cheryl B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is truly beautiful and not that busy. Another bonus about this place is you are actually around in the main Shrine and go to the top balcony.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive building! When you are approaching it sideways, it seems almost gigantic and standing as if right out of nowhere! We visited this temple in a heavy rain, so there were few others visitors and it felt really authentic!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I walked here along the Philosophers Path and after a few diversions to other shrines finally ended up here. The buildings are set within a forest and this both helps maintain the closeness to nature but also obscures the buildings themselves. The aqueduct here is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Zen Buddhism, a practical experience, a way of life in simplicity and balance. We are here to pay our respects and well wishes in one of the more important Zen temple of Kyoto. A saying goes by a moment of prayer in 南禅寺 worthy of...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

We were impressed with the size of the main temple. Some people climbed up to enjoy the view. We chose to walk around the grounds. To our surprise there is an aqueduct in the area. It is inspected regularly for safety. We saw a sign...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Such a pleasant peaceful area with lots of little temples and roads to explore It’s well know for Kyoto style tofu restaurants

Thank Yawara
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srivastavaz
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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Mahmood A
December 10, 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine
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David A
April 19, 2015|
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Thanks for your reply.
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