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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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One of my favorite temples! There is a lot to explore and see at this temple. It is also part of the Kyoto trail -a hiking trail that encircles the city. Great for photos and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 January 2015
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Kyoto, Japan
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

One of my favorite temples! There is a lot to explore and see at this temple. It is also part of the Kyoto trail -a hiking trail that encircles the city. Great for photos and exploring.

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Austin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

My favorite temple of the ones I sampled on three days in Kyoto -- magnificent in both its architecture and tranquility. Go early. I went on a cold December morning around 8 a.m. and was entirely alone in the ancient temple and on the temple grounds for nearly two hours, except for a few temple workers cleaning for the day.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

Just an amazing place, serene yet almost overpowering at times. The main gate and temple building are outstanding pieces of architecture, the aqueduct initially seems out of place in this very japanese of settings yet also fits. This is a must see for any tourists to Kyoto, even in winter.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2014

If you plan to visit Eikan-do (永觀堂), you should also include the nearby Nanzen-ji Temple (南禪寺). Nanzen-ji Temple, also known as Zuiryusan, is a Zen (禪) Buddhist temple and one of the most well-known Rinzai Zen temples in Japan. It is located northeast of Kyoto station and about 7 km (4.35 mi) from the city center. Before Nanzen-ji Temple was... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014

The initial walk to the garden was amazing. I could sit there for 20 minutes in silence and just admire the beautiful autumn foliage set in the gravel garden. Further inside, the pond and the autumn foliage was equally amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2014

I visited in November, Japan's tourist season, and all the temples were very busy with people. Despite the crowds the main temple was large and the intricate details were amazing. The aqueduct arches are worth seeing and the tidy grounds are very serene.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

we went in the middle of the day and had the place to ourselves. Definitely make sure to see this place while you're in Kyoto. The quiet compared to the rest of the city and attractions will be almost shocking. Also, get to walk around the temple in slippers while sipping green tea!

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2014

Greenery and mountains (like all of Kyoto) are on display. This place is near the foot of the mountains and not a far walk from the hotels. There is a coin machine here where you can buy a golden souvenir of the temple's namesake, add another to your Kyoto temple coin collection. This place is nestled in a quiet neighborhood... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Just a short distance from Konchi-in is the large complex of Nanzenji temple. The SanMon gate is impressive two story gate, you can take the steps to the second floor to get a getter view of scenic Kyoto city. The main hall is large and ornamental but closed for public. Behind the main hall are maple trees and a giant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

This temple is famous for its momiji (maple leaves) which become red and yellow in Autumn. You can view the maple trees for free. There is a great mon (gate), paid entrance, from where the view is beautiful. Behind the gate, there is the old Kyoto aqueduct, from where a trail leads up the hill. The surroundings are nice too,... More 

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