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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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Sun - Sat 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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Fantastic in autumn!!

Visited to see the fall foliage in Nov 2016...took lots of pics of nice maple leaves...would love to visit this year fall!!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited to see the fall foliage in Nov 2016...took lots of pics of nice maple leaves...would love to visit this year fall!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely temple and makes you feel calm. You really get to feel the traditional side of Japan. Worth your time coming here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love Nanzen-ji Temple! It's rather easy to find, right off the Keihan / Tozai Line. The temple is massive and has a lovely garden attached to it. Recommended in the spring, summer and fall seasons as winter is slightly cold in Kyoto. We like to come periodically and will come again in the future. Go there. Relax and sit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from seeing the temple itself (500 yen entry for that) you can walk around the grounds for free and see various other gardens and temples. There is a very peaceful and zen feeling here. It would be really helpful if there were more explanations in English within the temples but I understand this would just make it more touristy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Nanzen-ji is surrounded by beautiful garden and structures. I enjoyed walking around on the way up to the temple itself. It is very peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many temples along the Kyoto tourist route - although all stunning and worth seeing - can be crowded, which detracts from the splendor of the experience. The grounds of the Nanzen-ji, however, offer plenty of breathing room: wide paths to stroll, good distances between buildings, such that even with many people in attendance, you will not feel rushed or crowded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is where some scenes of the movie, The Last Samurai, were taken. The gate itself is a sight to behold. A visit to this temple is worth your time and effort.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive entrance to this temple complex. Beautiful little garden to visit and an huge brick bridge to see too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice temple! The aqueduct inside the temple is very interesting part of it, as its something new. Added to that, I have no idea how come so many crabs are walking around, but check out the ground, as there are really many!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nanzen-ji is breathtaking. Walking in through the entry gate has to be one of the most beautiful experiences in Japan. There is also an old acqueduct inside the temple - very beautiful and unusual. I reccomend just before dusk, towards sunset - always one of the most beautiful times in Kyoto because the light along Philosophers Path is stunning at... More 

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