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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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Beautiful temple to spend a few hours in the morning during the fall colors

We checked out of our hotel and left our luggage for them to watch while we took a subway train to Nanzen-ji for a few hours before taking the Shinkansen back to Tokyo, and it was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Beaverton, Oregon
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're visiting Eikan-do (and you should if in Kyoto in November), you may as well drop into this nearby temple complex, since it's on the way to the subway station and entry to the grounds is free. Many of the sub-temples have separate entry fees, the only one I paid to get into was Konchi-in, which has a lovely... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We checked out of our hotel and left our luggage for them to watch while we took a subway train to Nanzen-ji for a few hours before taking the Shinkansen back to Tokyo, and it was definitely worth it. The town around the temple is very quaint and quiet, and the road leading up to the template is in its... More 

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Grosseto, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately this temple loses part of its charme, due to the fact that it's surrounded by hundreds of wonderful temples. Visit it because it was on the way along the path of philosophy.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited this temple for their autumn colours. Quite a few of the sections require payment and it does add up if you go to each one. I only choose to go to one and it was good but nothing special compared to the other gardens /shrines/temples in kyoto. It does have a nice aquadect, and is close to Keage subway... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While its autumn foliage is not as spectacular as its neighbours, it massive gate and Hall are awe inspiring. Walk slowly to take in the details of the woodwork

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is pretty near Eikan-do Temple (about 5 minutes walking distance). It is 400 yens climbing the tower ( you have to take your shoes off and carrying them with you), from where you can get to see spectacular views of Kyoto and the Temple itself. Another zen subtemple entrance was 300 yen, where there is a small garden, tiny... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a typical Kyoto temple with an impressive courtyard and gardens. Visit as part of the philosopher's walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this place as there were multiple things to look at including a lovely garden filled with bright Autumn leaves! Very beautiful and there is an old train line and temple out the back which was very nice. Links to the Kyoto trail out the back

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nansen-ji, a complex of Zen temples and sub-temples. It has a dry landscaped garden, great gardens and a scenic location. It is very popular with tourist, but it doesn't feel crowded. Good time to go is in autumn when the colour of the leave are changing. We were there end of October, but I think mid-November would have been better... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gem. An accidental find. Stumbled upon it when trying to get to Philosophers Path. Absolutely beautiful and under rated compared with the more famous attractions. Really had a great time here.

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