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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 yesterday

We enjoyed visiting this temple especially the zen garden and the waterfall shrine, there were a large number of temples and sub temples in the area some with separate admission fees.

Thank Wilcoxm51
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can suffer from temple fatigue if you visit too many while here in Japan but if you haven’t reached your limit yet, this is one to visit. We even paid to go into the temple and the gardens, both reasonably priced and worthwhile. The...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were there late in the afternoon and were the only ones there, so we were able to take great pictures before walking through the philosophers path. We were disappointed by the path, but this temple was worth stopping by.

Thank Evaristo-Lopez
Reviewed 1 week ago

1. Surrounded by forest, trees, water streams, it's an absolutely stunning place to visit. 2. 2. This place has water canal which distribute water to Kyoto (bring water from the Biwa lake). 3. Spacious and not so crowded. 4. Again, gardening is just to the...More

Thank Semistark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple is one of many in this complex where it is free to wander around the grounds. If you want to see inside anything there are separate entrance fees for each. The fee for this temple is well worth it to see the amazing...More

2  Thank travelgalAvon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another part of walking in around Nara Park. This a temple that is a must see. The surrounding are gorgeous, the temple is huge, and when you get inside you'll be amazed. It'll cost an adult $8.00 to get in to see. You're on vacation,...More

1  Thank dutchiedonuts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This temple is amazeballs! Nanzen-ji is a Buddhist temple and it was founded in the middle Kamakura period in 1291. It was destroyed by fire in 1393, 1447, and 1467, rebuilt in 1597, and expanded in the Edo era. It’s pretty massive and so beautiful...More

3  Thank Frantzces L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you only have time to visit only one temple in Kyoto, Nanzenji-ji Temple should be on the top of your list. It has an impressive Buddhist Temple and its supplemental buildings, serene gardens and even an impressive ancient aqueduct When you consider the fact...More

1  Thank ohgeorge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This ancient temple is at the end of the Philosopher's Walk, a lovely 2km passage through historical Kyoto. The large and manicured grounds of Nanzen-Ji provide an appropriate backdrop to the temple buildings. They are somewhat tired looking, but generate a contemplative mood.

Thank GeorgeFMarkhamON
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is an impressive building but I came here for the garden which is well worth-while seeking out if you are on the Philosophers Walk. It's a beautiful garden in which to stroll.

Thank JanelleandGraham
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