Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto

Nanzen-ji Temple
4.5
Religious Sites • Gardens
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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jarmwr40
British Columbia, Canada3,125 contributions
a wonderful return visit.
Oct 2020
came to beloved kyoto to visit our wonderful friend after hiking the kumano kodo trail.
our 6th visit to japan, our third exploration of kyoto.
lucky us to have our japanese friend who was raised in kyoto to be our guide of her favourite temples.
this was the first temple we toured, had been here before, it is simply stunning in size.
dark, stately, quiet, gentle, subdued.
built in 1291 and destroyed by fire x 3 and last rebuilt in 1597.
a large complex.
the schoolchildren in their uniforms traipsing home added to the atmosphere.
maples just starting to turn colors.
this zen buddhist temple is known for its sanmon gate and rock gardens of the hojo, the abbots quarters.
the aqueduct is so unique.
opposite the marvellous westin miyako and near the philosophers walk.
i was so fortunate to have a return visit here, most likely our last trip to japan.
we were here in oct. 2019 and once covid hit its taken me this long to share our experiences.
a must see of the many, many temples in wonderful kyoto.
Written February 11, 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,785 contributions
Maybe the most picturesque place in all of Kyoto
Dec 2019
While other temples, shrines and gardens typically take the spotlight in Kyoto's list of sights, Nanzen-Ji is maybe the one stuck best in my memory. What struck as my particularly memorable was the aqueduct that was somehow foreign, yet so beautifully incorporated into the spiritual atmosphere of the temples that it simply stays with you. We loved everything about the place and took pictures that will forever remind us of the beauty of this special place. There might not be more picturesque places in all of Kyoto to do so.
Written November 12, 2020
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Chris C
Duncan, Canada37 contributions
AMAZING!!
Mar 2020
WOW temple and grounds - you even get to climb up STEEP steps into the HUGE entrance gate (shoes off please!) - for a spectacular view of the whole complex. This is you final stop along the Philosopher's Path and there is a taxi stand here with taxis that will whisk you right back into downtown Kyoto, just 5 minutes away! How convenient!
Written March 21, 2020
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razorbagel
Baltimore, MD42 contributions
cool aqueduct and lovely lighting, closes early
Feb 2020
the aqueduct was probably my favorite part of this large temple complex. unfortunately, many of the buildings had closed early (earlier than usual - we'd checked google just in case) on the day we visited, so we were not able to explore as fully as we might have wanted. the gate is very large, although we walked past it initially due to the way we approached the temple from the train station. although i enjoyed nanzen-ji, it is not my favorite temple in kyoto.
Written March 5, 2020
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Hiromi Y
Shibuya, Japan19 contributions
Sub-temples and the aqueduct are the must see
Sep 2019
Its big gate is indeed impressive, but sub-temples like Tenju-an and Nansen-in and the 130 year old aqueduct built in its grounds are exquisite and equally interesting as Nanzen-ji itself.
Written January 15, 2020
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625marinette
Qatar1,099 contributions
Peaceful visit for end of day
Jan 2020 • Family
The nanzenji temple is nearby the zoo in Kyoto.
It s 5
Mn walk from there , and buses are many from city center.
It s best to visit end of day as the light of the trees in the mountain makes a different shade on the temple and gardens.
There is also a path to hike in the woods behind the temple ,and there are several temples around
Written January 3, 2020
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK749 contributions
Interesting features
Oct 2019
This is quite a plain temple, but the sheer size of the gigantic gate makes it worth a visit just in itself! There is also the curious feature of a European-style aquaduct just off to one side, which is very odd. Well-kept and with lovely grounds.
Written December 21, 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Nice Zen Temple
Nov 2019
Nanzen-ji was a Zen Buddhist Temple converted from the former residence of Emperor Kameyana upon his death. There were several nice buildings and a classic Zen garden within the temple compound. Recommended.
Written December 4, 2019
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dianefeng
Sydney, Australia1,770 contributions
Top place to visit during autumn.
Nov 2019 • Couples
Be here as early as you can. Will be crowded.
Walking around 1 hour should be enough for most of people. During autumn season you have to pay 1000 yen to go up to the top part of the gate door, even with 1000 yen you can not take photos, due to too many visitors, taking photos can slow down the flow, on the time, you are allowed to take photos. If you choose just walk around the ground, it's free.

Liked and enjoyed this temple.
Written November 26, 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA668 contributions
A KYOTO MUST
Nov 2019
If you see no other temple in Kyoto this is a must. There is so much on the grounds that you will need to set aside enough time to see this site fully. Fall is just as dynamic as Springtime.
Written November 14, 2019
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