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Nanzen-ji Temple

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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 via mobile

Definitely a must see - sprawling temple areas with some great views from The gate house and pagoda.

Thank glennharrold
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

not too crowded, a relaxing place impressive architecture and big wooden construction. A big and recommended park area around the temple.

Thank Caramellino
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the way into the Nanzen-ji Temple grounds, I stopped to climb to the top of the huge torii gate at the entrance. Originally built in 1296, the Sanmon Gate symbolizes the three roads to Buddhist liberation. It burned and was rebuilt in 1628 to...More

Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited upon the recommendation of a friend. It was about a ten minute walk from the Keage station on Tozai subway line. It was a nice, quiet place to visit. A good place to relax and meditate. The entry is free but you pay...More

Thank ptyduke
Reviewed 23 July 2018

It was my 2nd time there. The first time I came was in April-May and there was water flowing in the aqueduct on top but we arrived very late and it was dark. I came back in August and it was all dry and they...More

Thank Piggy007
Reviewed 18 July 2018

This is the only temple we went to in Kyoto, so I can't compare, but I felt completely fulfilled by our trip here. We climbed up the gate to see breathtaking views over the city; walked in the lush garden around the pond (jaw-droppingly beautiful),...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

This temple should be the best representative of the Japanese - Zen style. You can touching your calmness and relaxation in this cozy place in Kyoto. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

This was the closest temple to our hotel, but we saved it to our last day. Firstly, it’s free, and secondly, it’s huge. The setting and the buildings make for great photos. The gate had an upstairs, which charges JPY 500/each, but it is well...More

2  Thank Graham H
Reviewed 29 June 2018

We visited on a rainy day , which meant less crowded , which was great , peaceful beautiful and a surprising aqueduct !! Make time to spend here , it's worth it if you like temples and the serenity that comes along with it

Thank Gillian d
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Nanzenji temple is in the hills of Sakyo-Ku area of Kyoto; beautiful setting with lots of trees and pathways. There is an old aqueduct on the property, that is also interesting to see. The gardens are wonderful. Lovely place for a leisurely stroll.

1  Thank Cheryl G
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16 July 2018|
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Response from Graham H | Reviewed this property |
About 1.5 hrs. The tour itself is 50 minutes, but there are gardens to see and photographs to be taken. Allow at least 1 hr 15 mins.
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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11 December 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine