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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, 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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  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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"sanmon gate"
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"philosopher's path"
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"keage incline"
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"zen garden"
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"main gate"
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"large complex"
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"philosophers walk"
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"beautiful autumn"
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"tofu"
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"worth a visit"
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"peaceful place"
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"silver pavilion"
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"entrance fee"
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"aqueduct"
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"temple"
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

This is another magnificent temple, the largest temple on the Philosopher's Walk with a two story entrance gate and an aqueduct.

Thank Howard S
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Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

If you take this walk from the silver pavilion you will find at the end of the walk this beautiful temple with the aqueduct in pink colours. At the end of the walk just follow the people and you will find the place.in autumn this...More

Thank Γιάννης Π
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Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

I went there during 3-day holiday so it was crowded and there's no way to take photo without people in it. It should be perfect during weekday or none-holiday day. Nice place to see maples. Don't forget to visit Nanzen-in which is a garden further...More

Thank Tawan U
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

we were there a week ago and were lucky to have experienced the temple on a dry sunny day. the rock garden was a peaceful experience too and we walked the Philosophers Walk to end our day.

Thank TravelLoverXOXO
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Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

We visited on a very soggy November afternoon, and despite the downpour it was really busy. With so many temples in Kyoto it's hard to know which to pick over another! Nanzen-ji is impressive for its size and scale, and the lovely setting in gardens...More

Thank Liz D
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

This place is definitely a feast on Japanese grand temple. The front gate is definitely huge and don't forget to check out the water way behind the temple. It doesn't take long to explore this place and by any means, if you are looking for...More

Thank RaraBunga
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Reviewed 16 November 2015

There are more impressive temples to see in Kyoto, but the garden is worth a look. Continue to Philosopher's Path and towards Ginkakuji.

Thank constanttraveler2014
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Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

Climbing the steep staircase at this temple is a bit harrowing to tell the truth! But sweet old Japanese ladies are doing it so you probably can too. The view from the terrace is just lovely, especially as we were able to see the fall...More

Thank Christa O
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

We enjoyed a morning at Nanzen-ji temple and grounds. The history of the temple is very interesting and the structures themselves are beautifully constructed and finished. There are quite extensive gardens and walks in the area also.

Thank kenfifer
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

After seeing many Japanese temples, they all start looking the same somewhat. This one was larger than most, majestic in its size, with beautiful serene tree gardens and zen rock gardens. Fall was a wonderful and colorful time to visit. Definitely should be on any...More

Thank jbsalee
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srivastavaz
11 February 2018|
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Response from Gumer Q | Reviewed this property |
Perfect time to visit in Spring. There are too many stairs so I recommend to only visit the gardens on the ground. Always worth a visit though.
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Mahmood A
10 December 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine
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David A
19 April 2015|
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Thanks for your reply.
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