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Review of Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple
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$42.28*
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour
Ranked #32 of 1,357 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

One of the many large and impressive complexes in Kyoto, not among my top five but still very nice if you spend more than a day or two in town.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We visited this impressive temple last week. It is a bit of a walk to reach, but well worth the trip. The entrance gate leads to the temple and a visit to the rock garden. There is a bench for sitting as you contemplate the serenity of the garden's appearance with its rocks, raked gravel and strategically placed vegetation. The wall panels in the adjacent rooms are beautiful.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Can be visited on the same day as the Golden pavillon, on bus line 59. Try to go late in the afternoon, before closure and you will have the opportunity to see the boudhists monks praying in front of the temple. Very huge site, so you need time.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Nanzenji is actually a complex of 13 associated Zen temples over quite a large site in Eastern Kyoto. It's much quieter than many in Kyoto and relatively free of tour parties. You can wander round the wooded grounds grounds free, but there is a charge for several of the temples and also the Hojo (Abbots quarters). We mistakenly went to Nanzenin sub-temple at first and were somewhat dissapointed. Then we went to the main temple and Hojo, which are on an entirely larger scale. The most interesting site for me was the Hojo with its attendant Zen dry and moss gardens - rather sombre, but beautiful and very peaceful, incorporating borrowed scenery from the surrounding woods and hill.
You get the impression that this is a working temple, rather than just a tourist sight.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a bit of an out of the way spot for tourists visiting Kyoto, but it is well worth the extra bus and walk. It is a huge Buddhist temple complex, with lots of interesting sites, religious ceremonies, and beautiful garden areas. The architecture is varied and interesting. One of my favorite places is the private zen garden next to the "emperor's rooms." I love to search all over the temple grounds, then spend a couple of restful hours just sitting on the deck and allowing the moment of zen to wash over me in the private garden - yes a few Japanese and other tourists roam about as I sit, but it still seems I'm far away and washed with peace. By the way, right outside the main gates, across from the bus stop is a "house" restaurant. The ladies there are always welcoming and serve up some very nice noodle, katsu, and tempura dishes at very reasonable prices.

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