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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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+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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Close to many other sites + worth a visit on its own

We started our day in Kyoto by visit Nanzen-ji, which was a short walk from our ryokan. There are quite a few buildings, temples, and shrines nearby along the Philosopher's Walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We started our day in Kyoto by visit Nanzen-ji, which was a short walk from our ryokan. There are quite a few buildings, temples, and shrines nearby along the Philosopher's Walk. Highly recommend just doing the walk so you get to see all of the shrines and temples in that loop. We did not go into the structure, rather walked... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The shrine is beautiful from the outside (we didn't go inside) and the one thing that sticks out is a huge brick aqueduct that doesn't have much explanation other than a sign that says to not worry about the leaks.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 7 days in Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) and by far this was my favorite temple. I was able to get there super early in the morning and that made all the difference. Lovely, quiet and calming all at the same time. Note that as the morning wore on, the tour buses showed up and tons of tourists made it... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite visiting at year end not very crowded and wandered around the quiet peaceful grounds. One of the most interesting and spectacular temples in Kyoto.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I walked up the road from our ryokan and got married here. The whole place is serene and beautiful. For a little while we completely forget ourselves, our lives and only that temple existed for a while. There is a very neat aqueduct on the grounds which feels like it has time traveled from somewhere. If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Truly a spectacular temple and area to stroll around for hours on end and take in the air of Kyoto. Only had a chance to visit a few temples/ shrines in Kyoto but this was our highlight.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a long and in dept look at the temple and the surrounding grounds for about an hour. During that time we were fascinated with the old infrastructure and the time and effort it would have taken to build.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

i feel that nanjenji has the power to let you forget sadness,at least while you are walking around in this beautiful place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We visited this temple on 13 November this year - a perfect sunny autumn day - and were rewarded with a brilliant display of autumnal colours. Everywhere we looked the colour was superb. This was one of the very favourite temples we visited (entrance fee 1000 yen/adult). The temple was beautifully laid out, with wide board walkways. A photographer's dream,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We have visited this Zen temple by late November and found that the fall colors were a bit over. Nonetheless there were many scenic spots and temple grounds worth for visit. Highly recommend to travelers to visit this temple during their stay in Kyoto.

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