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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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Excelent day out of Kyoto!

By far the most beautiful buddhist temple... people comes from everywhere to visit this sacred spot, and it worth well. From the gardens to the big statue, all is set to put you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By far the most beautiful buddhist temple... people comes from everywhere to visit this sacred spot, and it worth well. From the gardens to the big statue, all is set to put you in a constant bliss. The buddha itself deserves a peregrination... Wow, you can breath the peace of mind in there... and don't forget to try the hole... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the temples. I would recommend not to try to visit all touristic ones. Better to start with Ginkakuji, than take a walk on the Philosophers' and go to the Nanzen-ji. Both are beautiful and big temples. Don't try to be quick, enjoy these. Spend at least an half day for these three places. Don't be fooled... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the temple because of its famous aqueduct. You can stroll this part of the grounds free - there is an entrance fee to get you inside. There we found some beautiful rooms and a nice Zen garden with raked gravel, rocks and moss. A path leads uphill that brings you to a small cave some 200 m from... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Large temple complex with large gardens and free. Although crowded when we came it was a relaxing rest from the long philosopher's path walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by here during our walk from the Philosopher's path to Keage Incline. The area was huge, especially the sanmon gate. There's an aqueduct at the temple grounds. The area was nice to take photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great temple complex, much of which is free to enter. You can pay 500 or 600 yen to go up the stairs to the second floor of the main gateway. It's a decent view but is only worth the money if you really like a good view. The highlight, by far, is the garden. Definitely worth the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nearly missed this place as I was tired from walking from other temples. I was glad I decided to go in. It gives the ancient vibe, and best thing its free entry. I get there by walking from Ginkaku-ji Temple via The Philosopher's Path, its a long~~~ walk, but you can drop by the unique shops n rest at café... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and peaceful spot, has a large entrance gate (extra 500 yen to go to 2nd floor which we didn't do) and a lovely shrine with paintings, a zen rock garden, an aqueduct. took taxi from here to Gion. Done via Tours by Locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here at the end of a long, hot day in Kyoto on which we had visited several other temples in the area. We almost decided not to complete our walk to Nanzen-ji because it was so incredibly hot, but we made it and are really glad we did. The complex was beautiful. We were particularly impressed with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are a gazillion temples in Kyoto, with limited time we could only visit a few. This temple came highly recommended as a good representation of most of the temples in the area. Nanzenji is located not too far from the Imperial palace complex, so it was pretty easy to get to. There is no entrance fee to enter, however,... More 

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