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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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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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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

An oasis of beautiful buildings, and pathways, with a man made stream running throughout. Ancient wooden buildings , Japanese black pine trees... Stone walkways... zen like just to walk through this place

Thank laoban173
Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

Interesting grounds, especially with the viaduct. Probably the most contemplative of all the zen gardens that we saw in Kyoto. Love the simplicity.

Thank Wayne R
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Biggest temple we visited while in Kyoto but not the best. Worth a visit and it's an easy stroll from Ginkaku-ji temple along the philospher's path.

Thank sscheuri
Reviewed 28 July 2015

One of the most important temples in Kyoto. Impresive gardens, magnificents painted pannels inside, zen (rock) gardens and a viaduct. Great!

Thank mininani
Reviewed 27 July 2015

This is one of the largest temple grounds I've visited in Kyoto! My friend and I took the philosophers' path to this temple which takes a GREAT DEAL of walking to get to Nanzen-ji Temple! However, the place is quite picturesque and mnay photograph-enthusiasts hang...More

1  Thank Rae A
Reviewed 27 July 2015

we were there in winter, so the garden scenes were very bleak. but we can say that the gardens are in some way designed in order to highlight the red leaves. looking at the photos, we can't help picutring 'what if there were the red...More

Thank tensaisimon
Reviewed 25 July 2015

This was our first stop on three week visit to the Kansai area. We stayed in a nearby neighborhood so we walked to the temple on our first day. The temple itself is beautiful and well maintained. The gardens toward the rear are first rate...More

Thank katywanders
Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

We spent the morning on foot heading North from Yasaka shrine through the major temples. An early start to the day (designed to avoid the heat) meant that we also avoided the tourist buses. This is a fantastic space with the temple, gardens and an...More

Thank Worldticket
Reviewed 23 July 2015

We went there in a sunny late afternoon. Not very crowded. The scenic is breathtaking. I will never forget the experience there. The whole area is a such beautiful harmony. It echoes your soul.

Thank Meng W
Reviewed 20 July 2015

This place can get very busy as it's in a main temple complex. The rooms are nice. But, if you only have the budget (or attention span) for one zen temple I would definitely suggest that you go to Eikando instead.

Thank J P
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