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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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All reviews sanmon gate philosopher's path zen garden keage incline main gate large complex philosophers walk tofu worth a visit silver pavilion aqueduct temple hojo trees waterfall autumn structure
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent brightest and red red red. Visited on 22 nov 2018. Full of crowd but worth hassle. It might get over soon. Already leaf falls are seen.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RajeshShinde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a wonderful addition to the philosophers path and has many small sub temples close by as well as the silver pavilion (at the end of the philosophers path if you choose to walk). I recommend not going near closing time as there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nikeshka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came in mid November which was for this year Peak autumn for the Kyoto area. Looks like a well known location for locals and Japanese tourists who flock in multiple coaches, dressed in beautiful kimonos. It didn’t help that I came on a weekend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nanzen-Ji is best visited in the morning before the tourists come... We were there by 8am and had the pleasure of strolling through the grounds before hoards of people came. Right at 9, we went into Tenjuan gardens where we saw beautiful fall foliage and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank globetrotting-elissa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best season I believe to visit Kyoto is this time to enjoy the red leaves and in the Shrine, whenever you see the gardens it seems as if it was just a beautiful painting there. Someone must design this beautiful scenery.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wasabioil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited a couple of days ago and the fall colours in the Tenjuan Garden (separate admission fee of ¥500) were superb (even while they are a little lacking in other parts of Kyoto as yet). The garden itself is also exquisite—one of the most...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank barbadosbybus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We appreciated so much the Nanzen-Ji Temple which we reached after walking the philosopher path. The atmosphere is so calm and pleasant. The colors were so great in an October sunny day.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ghorbelma
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Within this spare and tranquil location, we could fully appreciate monk minimalism. Simply decorated interiors and the dry raked gardens perfectly embody Zen ideals. Interestingly, the first abbot was a staunch supporter of the first Shogun, so some of the paintings in the reception areas...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mvidro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Things highlighted on my map of the Poet's Path, this temple was a must for me. It is known for the moss growing on the main entrance gate. The grounds are compact but worth seeing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed strolling around but this temple didn’t have the wow factor for us. It was also the first temple which wouldn’t draw Goshuin into your temple stamp book; rather you bought a pre-drawn Goshuin to stick in at a later date, still at a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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16 July 2018|
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Response from 66grahamh | 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 gumerq2016 | 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.
Mahmood A
11 December 2017|
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Response from Jeffrey S | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine