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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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Sun - Sat 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

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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This is a whole area of temples some with extra charges but worth it. Climb up in the big central wooden temple for a view (super steep stairs for giants), zen garden was nice, we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a whole area of temples some with extra charges but worth it. Climb up in the big central wooden temple for a view (super steep stairs for giants), zen garden was nice, we didn't see everything in this temple complex area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although small, the main building has a lot to offer including a succession of dry gardens, dozens of beautiful painted doors and a tearoom with a view on a scenic small garden. The nearby door is very impressive, and so is the aqueduct whose faded pinking color recall that of the adjacent tree trunks. Because the location is less known... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a wonderful place to visit if you want to avoid the crowds and feel a little closer to the Japanese culture. It's a very traditionally built temple that is not completely aimed (and restored) for the purposes of attracting and pleasing tourists. You won't get that commercial felling that spoils places like kiyomizu temple. The grounds are nice and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Big temple area with some nice scenery but they charge entry at about 3 separate points that we saw so feels too much of a commercial opportunity compared to most temples.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple and its complex are beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Try to arrive late before it gets too crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

So spiritual , not so crowded as others , very nice , beautiful park around it , peaceful , highly recommend Arigatogosaimas

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice Temple, very big with a lot of woodwork. Worth to stop when on your way to different tempels. Tip: rent a bike to visit temples/castles! Saves you time and is only 1000 yen a day. (bus/metro is just that price plus gives you some fresh air and exercise)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Watch out for thr deer poo under foot. Very tame deer around thr temple however there are a bit agressive for food. The temple is huge , green and carm. Usually busy. Do go early. Plenty of water machines around for hot days.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens and buildings here are very well maintained and look stunning. Shades of Autumn were just beginning to show , especially in the maples in late August and I imagine it would look stunning in full Autumn colour. The buildings, complete with lovely paintings, wall hangings and pottery are wonderful to see. It's certainly worth taking the time to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There two garden temples and Nanzen-ji. Wonderful experience with national heritage art consisting of exquisite painted screens, rock gardens, ladies in kimonos having a tea and temple event, nice green tea service. So memorable, I cycled past the gardens and art twice. About five tourist families at a time. This fits in well with a walk to the waterfall.

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