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“One of my favorite places in Kyoto”
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Nanzen-ji Temple
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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 8, 2013

My daughter and I walked through the grounds for hours and felt like we were in another age in time. The Zen gardens, tea rooms, water canals, and shrines are breath taking. We paid about $4.00 to walk around, and it was worth every penny. You are asked to remove your shoes and replace them with slippers they provide. You carry your shoes in a bag they provide you with.

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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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