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“Very good for the aquaduct!”
Review of 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.
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“Very good for the aquaduct!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Nanzen-ji is not the best temple among all the temples along the Philosopher's Path.

If you have limited time or suffered from 'temple-fatigue' don't spend too much time in there. However, the old aquaduct is certainly worth a visit. Just head straight to the back of the temple complex. There're footpath and stairs leading up to the duct level.

It's a handsome structure!

#This review is written based on my visit in summer, late May. The place may look different in other seasons#

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“Beautiful garden setting”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

For a pleasant afternoon in Kyoto, take the subway to Keage Station and visit Nanzen-ji as the first stop on the way along the Path of Philosophy to Ginkaku-ji Temple.
Nanzen-ji is a zen temple in a beautiful garden setting. Part of a broader complex of temples and shrines in the area, there is a huge wooden gate, and a couple of carefully raked zen gardens for some deep contemplation.
Great at any time of the year.

Visited April 2014
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“Climb the temple”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

One of the only temples you can climb. Grab a scenic view. Gardens are beautiful especially the small zen garden.

Visited May 2014
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“Ancient Zen temple and juxtaposed aqueduct”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I lived in Kyoto 30 years ago and not once did I visit this great Temple just a short walk from Heian-jingu. Worth the walk and very close to the beginning of the Philospher's Path to Ginkaku-ji. The aqueduct is so beautiful and unexpected. A little niche of European charm juxtaposed over a classic Zen temple. Don't miss the garden. Evening is the best time due to the wonderful light filtering through the trees and bringing out the aged red brick of the aqueduct.

Visited April 2014
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“Nice view from Sanmon Gate”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Nanzenji is huge, consisting of a few sub temple. I only visited the main hall and the went up to old wooden Sanmon gate. Got to pay a small fee, take off your shoes and climb up a steep narrow stair up to the viewing deck.
Once up there, I think it is worth then effort. I enjoyed the serenity and beautiful surrounding, the garden, the nice cooling breeze up there...absolutely love it especially, after walking all the way from Ginkakuji to philosophy walk and all the way to Nanzenji under the afternoon sun, This place has less people. Like some other visitor, I sat down to rest my aching feet and appreciate a moment of zen.
Near to Nanzenji is Elkando where I plan to visit during Autumn foliage. Hope to be back at Nanzenji for further exploration soon.

Visited April 2014
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