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Review of Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple
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Ranked #17 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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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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“tranquil”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

The temple complex here is large, but there seems to be a separate admission fee for every bit so we only visited the main temple and garden. It was quite small but very tranquil, the main building has many rooms with elaborately decorated screens, and a peaceful zen garden.

Visited May 2014
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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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