Nanzen-ji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple
4.5
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    Nanzen-ji Temple is a rainy day delight! Despite the weather, the experience was fantastic. Sipping matcha while admiring the garden was a moment of peace. Exploring the vast grounds was a joy. Highly recommended for a fulfilling and serene Kyoto visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont7,526 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Return visit to an old friend
    We visit Nanzen-ji on every trip to Japan, whether for sakura or momiji. Our spring 2023 trip was no exception. The grounds are so familiar to us now, that we know what we will see around each corner. We were amazed at the scarcity of tourists. The blossoms were just at peak and yet we felt as if we had the place to ourselves. It has never been empty like this before. Since this is the first sakura season since Japan reopened after COVID closures, we feared the grounds would be packed and almost didn't visit this year. We were so glad we decided to walk here from the Okazaki Canal.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2024
  • tracey k
    Redmond, Washington756 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth exploring
    This temple anchors one end of the Philosophers Walk, which, combined, makes for a delightful outing. The temples roots as an old Imperial palace are evident in the number of buildings and grandeur of the site. You could easily spend a couple hours here exploring. The walk ip to the Temple is lined with little shops and eateries. A taxi stand I noticed was near the gate. So while my main focus was hopping on the Philosophers Walk, I delighted in spending time here.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
  • jabitz
    Melbourne, Australia257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and beautiful
    This was a great place to visit, there was a service going on in the main building when we got there, so we took some photos and explored further. My husband, my mum (85) and I climbed to gate for a view over the area which was great to see. The steps to get up to the top are very steep and coming back down was worse then going up, however having said that the view was worth it. The only thing is you have to take your shoes off and walking up the stairs in socks can be slippery. The aqueduct was interesting to see and according to our guide this was the first place in Kyoto to have used bricks in construction courtesy of the British. It makes for some lovely photos and there were plenty of people having their photos in the gardens with the fresh new green leaves. A great place to visit on a warm day with the canopy of trees offering much needed shade.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 May 2024
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Guille B
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It’s the head of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Not a flashy temple but a space that invites reflection and opens the door to learn about Zen Buddhism
Written 11 June 2024
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jabitz
Melbourne, Australia257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This was a great place to visit, there was a service going on in the main building when we got there, so we took some photos and explored further. My husband, my mum (85) and I climbed to gate for a view over the area which was great to see. The steps to get up to the top are very steep and coming back down was worse then going up, however having said that the view was worth it. The only thing is you have to take your shoes off and walking up the stairs in socks can be slippery. The aqueduct was interesting to see and according to our guide this was the first place in Kyoto to have used bricks in construction courtesy of the British. It makes for some lovely photos and there were plenty of people having their photos in the gardens with the fresh new green leaves. A great place to visit on a warm day with the canopy of trees offering much needed shade.
Written 26 May 2024
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Located at one end of Philosopher’s Walk, Nanzen-ji is a lovely shrine. The vicinity of the shrine is replete with greenery, beautiful buildings and lovely paths. Serene.
Written 23 May 2024
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LVV
Takatsuki, Japan63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is another beautiful temple in Kyoto. I had a wonderful time strolling around and seeing the many centuries old buildings.
Written 8 May 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nanzen-ji is a tranquil and beautiful place. There’s a very nice Zen gardens and lots of nice temple buildings. There were also a number of flowering blossom trees and an acqueduct. Lovely.
Written 30 April 2024
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tracey k
Redmond, WA756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This temple anchors one end of the Philosophers Walk, which, combined, makes for a delightful outing. The temples roots as an old Imperial palace are evident in the number of buildings and grandeur of the site. You could easily spend a couple hours here exploring. The walk ip to the Temple is lined with little shops and eateries. A taxi stand I noticed was near the gate. So while my main focus was hopping on the Philosophers Walk, I delighted in spending time here.
Written 7 April 2024
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visit Nanzen-ji on every trip to Japan, whether for sakura or momiji. Our spring 2023 trip was no exception.

The grounds are so familiar to us now, that we know what we will see around each corner.

We were amazed at the scarcity of tourists. The blossoms were just at peak and yet we felt as if we had the place to ourselves.

It has never been empty like this before. Since this is the first sakura season since Japan reopened after COVID closures, we feared the grounds would be packed and almost didn't visit this year. We were so glad we decided to walk here from the Okazaki Canal.
Written 2 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Nanzen-ji Temple is a rainy day delight! Despite the weather, the experience was fantastic. Sipping matcha while admiring the garden was a moment of peace. Exploring the vast grounds was a joy. Highly recommended for a fulfilling and serene Kyoto visit.
Written 21 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cheryl B
Honolulu, HI409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
It doesnʻt matter the season or the day. Nanzenji forever impresses with itsʻ presence. Walking into the temple.. is returning home.
Written 9 May 2023
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gsmyles
San Diego, CA206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
If you like crowds of all types- come here. The aqueducts were such a surprise and it is a treasure to be able to walk on them inside the forest where it is more peaceful and tranquil.
There are many brilliant trees to photograph and you can get lost in all of the smaller temples and shrines.
Written 27 November 2022
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