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Nanzen-ji Temple

86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-771-0365
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Kyoto Prefecture
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"sanmon gate"
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"philosopher's path"
in 34 reviews
"keage incline"
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"zen garden"
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"main gate"
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"large complex"
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"philosophers walk"
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"beautiful autumn"
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"tofu"
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"worth a visit"
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"peaceful place"
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"silver pavilion"
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"entrance fee"
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"aqueduct"
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"hojo"
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Reviewed yesterday

5 minutes walking distance from the Westin Miyako hotel. Great walking through the temple and the surrounding gardens. Was beautiful with the flowers.

Thank neldias2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this temple in early April this year. As we arrived early in the morning, the temple area was so quiet and relaxed that we could fully enjoy taking nice photos around from the temple structures to the aqueduct on the upper part....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Climb up to the second level so you can get a great view of the valley and of the location of this temple.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this temple and the beautiful Tenjuan garden twice and much preferred it to busier sites such as Kiyomizudera temple. The paintings on the sliding screens of Nanzenji temple of tigers and cranes are wonderful.

Thank Goodtouristfood
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very beautiful Temple with a beautiful set of stairs that access the gate and Temple area. They occasionally hold services here and your allowed to observe. Great grounds with trees and plants make for a fantastic setting. Great picture opportunities. A must see.

Thank Perry H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take the bus vs. the subway. Take way you can see Kyoto. You need the #5 bus which starts at the bus station at Kyoto train station. This is a local and it took over 30 minutes to get there. But you can see the...More

Thank Monica B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a big temple complex but it was hot and I was tired after walking the Philosopher's Path so I only visited the Sanmon Gate. However, it was worth it. It is a great monument, solid and powerful. You can climb the steep steps...More

Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

did not know what to expect. Very impresive gate and temple complex and a great view of temple complex from top of gate. Small fee required and very steep stairs needed to acces viewing platform at top of gate. Easely spent a couple of hours...More

Thank Pascal S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In front of nanzenji, you can perfume yourself with incense for blessing. You can also visit an aquaduct which looks like a Roman structure from the bottom. At the top, water is flowing and you can walk along the side. Attached is a map of...More

Thank AngyChin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came here during the weekday. In the morning there isn’t a lot of people. The main gate has two levels which you need to pay to get to the top. The gate is dedicated to fallen warriors in the last. The temple grounds are...More

Thank DonnieT7
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srivastavaz
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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Mahmood A
11 December 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine
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David A
19 April 2015|
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Thanks for your reply.
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