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Nanzen-ji Temple

#17 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-771-0365
08:45 - 17:00
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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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Take the stairs to the top level for the best panoramic view of Kyoto!

Great view from the top if you don't mind climbing 19 steep wooden steps to get to the top. A fascinating temple that boggles the mind of how it was constructed. Take an hour to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Orange County, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What it means bigger is its location is much bigger in land n the temple itself is larger than others in the city. I enjoy Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji much more!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great view from the top if you don't mind climbing 19 steep wooden steps to get to the top. A fascinating temple that boggles the mind of how it was constructed. Take an hour to walk the grounds. Then move on to start your walk along The Philosophers Path. A perfect morning or afternoon adventure.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went during the golden week because we found out is not as popular with tourists. And it was true, no suffocating crods. Temple is beautiful, lots of interesting buildings, and a spectacular gate. There are trails through the woods around the temple, really beautiful. Very cool viaduct also.

Thank Robert K
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nanzen-ji Temple gives the feeling of Japanese fairy tale when you walk through the gates. The garden and the paintings in the hojo are one piece of perfection. Located on the philosopher's walk it is still not crowded by tourists and kept its discreet status. The garden around the temple is as every Japanese garden, amazing...Should definitely be on your... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our visit to this Temple in early April, cherry blossom trees were in full bloom. There were many visitors come to this area and shared the joy during sakura festive period. Highly recommended.

Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Nanzen-ji Temple complex has a number of interesting components, including a unique aqueduct out of brick that runs through the property. It is definitely worth a stop if you are touring the east side of Kyoto.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are other much better temples and shrines than this one in Kyoto. Only go if you walk pass it by walking from the Philosophical Path towards the Keage Incline which is beautiful for cherry blossoms at the right time.

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Visalia, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are many beautiful temples and shrines throughout Kyoto and this was one of my favorites. These temples are all accessible by walking or using public transportation. I suggest renting a bicycle first thing in the morning. The price is around $7 dollars u.s. for the entire day. Just about every temple is free to the public but some do... More 

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Vigo, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was the first time that I went to Nazenji, always busy visiting other temples more center located, but I not regret nothing. It is a realy beautiful place, a complex of temples, gates, aqueduct, garden and forest all together making a place full of magic wher you can relaxin observing the sand garden, walk through the buidings or go... More 

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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

So many temples I was told 17 in all many UNISCO listed plain temples don't make the cut this one was a bit quieter

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