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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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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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The ground was a bit wet because of rain but it didn't matter because the autumn colors were so pretty. Many people were gathered but not too crowded so we still got few amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2014
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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2014 via mobile

The ground was a bit wet because of rain but it didn't matter because the autumn colors were so pretty. Many people were gathered but not too crowded so we still got few amazing shots. The garden was huge and we had amazing time strolling around the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2014

Many sub-temples here to visit. The gate is large at 2 stories and is quite impressive. There is also an aqueduct adjacent to the temple which is very interesting dating from the 1890's

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

After visiting Ginkakuji and walking on philosopher path our destination was Nanzenji temple in Eastern Kyoto.Because of poor English signage we reached the place late in the afternoon and the temple was closed.The 'Sanmon' entrance gate was impressive but the climb to the gate's balcony was also shut.The temples provide great photo op.The premises is fairly large and we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

This complex has one of the only Sanmen that you can go up in, and offers a good view of the temple complex and parts of Kyoto. A bit pricey at 500 yen, but if you're in Kyoto, you're used to the entrance fees by now. Beautiful autumn scenes. It's also a functioning temple for religious, social, and business functions.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014

This temple isn't the most famous one, but I really like it. The Sanmon gate is a world heritage site. It is an original gate, built almost 400 years ago, well preserved, stood high and massive. The weather wasn't cold enough, only one or two tree were turning red. I was very happy to see that. The most impressive is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

Seeing this place after some of the other Kyoto temples and shrines made this place seem lesser. Maybe the colors were not advanced enough, but the views were not as stunning as the Golden Pavilion, Silver Pavilion, Elkando , Sanjusangendo, or Kiyomizudera.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

After strolling along the philosophers path, our goal was to reach this temple, and we were amazed and overwhelmed by the immense size of the first building. We climbed the very steep stairway( mind your head at the low door way at the top) and gazed at

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014 via mobile

Go in Autumn! Beautiful colours and a great place to meander around. We could only stay for 30min but could have stayed much longer. If you're into photography you wood have a field day here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

It's worth to pay the small entrance fee, climb up the steep stairs and enjoy the great view from the upper floor of the Sanmon gate. In autumn the colors of the surrounding forest are spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

This is by far one of the best temples Kyoto has to offer, however no one seems to make any big deal out of it! The temple is magnificent and quite large, and is situated in a quiet and peace complex. There is also an aqueduct behind the temple which still flows, and makes for a great photo opportunity. Nanzen-ji... More 

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