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This place is a wonderful addition to the philosophers path and has many small sub temples close by as well as the silver pavilion (at the end of the philosophers path if you choose to walk). I recommend not going near closing time as there...More
I came in mid November which was for this year Peak autumn for the Kyoto area. Looks like a well known location for locals and Japanese tourists who flock in multiple coaches, dressed in beautiful kimonos. It didn’t help that I came on a weekend...More
Nanzen-Ji is best visited in the morning before the tourists come... We were there by 8am and had the pleasure of strolling through the grounds before hoards of people came. Right at 9, we went into Tenjuan gardens where we saw beautiful fall foliage and...More
Best season I believe to visit Kyoto is this time to enjoy the red leaves and in the Shrine, whenever you see the gardens it seems as if it was just a beautiful painting there.
Someone must design this beautiful scenery.
We visited a couple of days ago and the fall colours in the Tenjuan Garden (separate admission fee of ¥500) were superb (even while they are a little lacking in other parts of Kyoto as yet). The garden itself is also exquisite—one of the most...More
Within this spare and tranquil location, we could fully appreciate monk minimalism. Simply decorated interiors and the dry raked gardens perfectly embody Zen ideals. Interestingly, the first abbot was a staunch supporter of the first Shogun, so some of the paintings in the reception areas...More
We enjoyed strolling around but this temple didn’t have the wow factor for us. It was also the first temple which wouldn’t draw Goshuin into your temple stamp book; rather you bought a pre-drawn Goshuin to stick in at a later date, still at a...More