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Nanzen-ji Temple

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Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-771-0365
08:45 - 17:00
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This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of Emperor...

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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Deinfintely worth it as there is lots to see one the one complex - just bring enough money!

Lots of different temples, buildings and gardens to see, a great experience! the only issue was that you had to pay to get in to see each individual one, so for two of us it was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 March 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

Lots of different temples, buildings and gardens to see, a great experience! the only issue was that you had to pay to get in to see each individual one, so for two of us it was quite an expensive visit in all! Tenjyuan Gardens, which is one of the first signs you come to on your right hand side as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

Peaceful and quiet. Love the wooden main gate. Don't forget to visit the aqueduct and walk on top of it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2015

This temple was set amongst lovely grounds, it is a very old Buddhist Temple, so interesting. It is close to the start of the Philosophers Way, which is also interesting

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

This is one of the biggest temples that is free to walk around. You can go to the zen garden next door (which is under construction and features a bell that you cannot hit, but I hit it anyways since there wasn't a sign). They also try to charge you 500 yen to go upstairs the Temple to see inside... More 

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Incheon, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

There's huge aqueduct which is looks like roman style. I guess it must be the only aim of visiting this temple. But it's worth to see. We can also go up on the aqueduct.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015 via mobile

I am puzzled why this temple made it the top 20. There is nothing spectaluar about this site and the most interesting architecture on site was the Sanmon gate...but that requires climbing up a steep stairway to the top and 500Y poorer all you get is a quick look over a sliver of Kyoto. An additional 300Y to see the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

Large temple area with wonderful rock gardens, great buildings and a western design aqueduct. The Rock gardens are accessed through a very lovely building which also has some beautiful screen paintings in the rooms. It was very cold the day I was there so I didn't explore the whole place but there was much more to see.

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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

Nanzen-ji is not just one temple, it is a complex of beautiful buildings and even more beautiful gardens. If you don't have a lot of time in Kyoto I would highly recommend putting Nanzen-ji on your list. The old aquaduct is also really interesting and beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

Nice place for a morning stroll in the temple grounds. Beautifully manicured and well kept garden. Very serene and peaceful surrounding

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015

The area around the temple is also worth spending time exploring. It's peaceful, calm and interesting

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