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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
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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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big space, needs time to appreciate

there is an 1800s aqueduct feeding water around this large shrine complex. Skip the small ones along the path to make sure enough time to spend here. Well worth the time and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

there is an 1800s aqueduct feeding water around this large shrine complex. Skip the small ones along the path to make sure enough time to spend here. Well worth the time and the Triple Gate is climable for views of the hillside and city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ended our Philosopher's Walk here. Even though we didn't actually enter the temple, we could appreciate the workmanship involved in its construction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit Nanzen-ji almost every year, and on our 2015 trip we thought to skip it. Then we were asked by a friend in Nara about the foliage conditions there, so we made a quick visit. It still had some color, but again it was the subdued muted color we had become familiar with on this trip and much of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a UNESCO world heritage site. Part of this exhibit is being renovated. You are not allowed to take pictures inside and you cannot wear shoes. It is worth seeing.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came upon Nansen-ji after walking the Path of Philosophy. One of the most different things to see at this temple is the aqueduct. Unfortunately by the time we arrived here we had spent many hours in the heat walking and didn't spend as much time as was warranted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this tour yesterday, it was fantastic. Had a lovely guide (Risa) Visited Temple in Nara and Shrine, both we thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately we got caught in a thunder storm so told Risa we would skip trying to glimpse Geishas. Well worth seeing both of the above as they were excellent. Grahlyn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not as crowded as other attractions/temples, but for some reason I really, really like this temple. We walked on the way back and explore the surrounding area. It's soooo nice and neat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there because read somewhere it is not so crowded, which I tought would be nice and zen to visit. But the place was much better than expected when thinking of the low amount visitors. There were indeed not a lot of people, and I wonder why, because there is more to see than for example the Zilver temple. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit, very few tourists. Peaceful place. I would suggest it to everyone. Have a look around and you will also find hidden gardens, in typical Japanes style.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...but be prepared to walk around a little bit. It takes some time to get there by public transport and the area is quite dispersive . But nice.

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