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Tenjuan Garden

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Address: 86-8 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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Perhaps the most beautiful garden I've seen in Japan

The Tenjuan Garden is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful plants and a pond with tons of Japanese carps that are very eager to come near. If you are into photography, you may end... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The Tenjuan Garden is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful plants and a pond with tons of Japanese carps that are very eager to come near. If you are into photography, you may end up spending a few hours here.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Tenjuan Garden is a beautiful garded, but probably best enjoyed in the spring or later in the autumn. Like in every Japanese garden, it has a very nice pond (with Koi).

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

There is a lovely path through a little tree glade and around a pond, and a nice gravel zen garden. We might have enjoyed it more if we didn't feel self-pressed to see the rest of Nanzen-ji. The zen garden must be spectacular in the fall.

Thank wymanz2go
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Absolutely stunning gardens, I would say the absolute gem at Nanzen-ji Complex. A beautiful, tranquil space.

Thank Kate W
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

This is a small subtemple of the Nanzen-ji complex, but in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful and memorable. Possibly because there are less tourists coming in (I guess you would think twice about paying the fee for this small temple when there's Nanzen-ji just there) the vibe here is serene and peaceful, helping you get in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

We discovered this garden while visiting Nanzenji Temple. Located on the ground of Nanzenji, this subtemple is not large, but the gardens and rock pond are beautiful. We visited during autumn which made it all the more spectacular. It was not as overwhelming crowded as some larger and more popular gardens can be, so you can take your time to... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

One of the best gardens I saw in Kyoto during autumn.It has a most unique beauty.Saw many temples that stand out for their autumn colors,but this one is above all.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

We found this place almost by accident whilst heading towards the underground from Nanzen-ji, but this was the single most spectacular garden we saw in Kyoto during the autumn leaves season. Even the hordes of visitors did not detract from its beauty.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

Beautiful but for Kyoto standards I would could it "just average". If you have some time left at Nanzen-ji, go ahead.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

One of the most beautiful garden experiences in Kyoto!! A must see! So peaceful and exquisite. Its part of the Nanzenji Temple complex, its the first sign you come to one your right hand side as you make your way up the path to the main temple. You wont regret visiting it! One of the highlights of our trip!

Thank Sinead h

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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