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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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Reviewed yesterday

This is the only temple we went to in Kyoto, so I can't compare, but I felt completely fulfilled by our trip here. We climbed up the gate to see breathtaking views over the city; walked in the lush garden around the pond (jaw-droppingly beautiful),...More

Thank Melissa P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple should be the best representative of the Japanese - Zen style. You can touching your calmness and relaxation in this cozy place in Kyoto. Highly recommend.

Thank NanaSinkijtana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the closest temple to our hotel, but we saved it to our last day. Firstly, it’s free, and secondly, it’s huge. The setting and the buildings make for great photos. The gate had an upstairs, which charges JPY 500/each, but it is well...More

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a rainy day , which meant less crowded , which was great , peaceful beautiful and a surprising aqueduct !! Make time to spend here , it's worth it if you like temples and the serenity that comes along with it

Thank GillianJDsouza
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nanzenji temple is in the hills of Sakyo-Ku area of Kyoto; beautiful setting with lots of trees and pathways. There is an old aqueduct on the property, that is also interesting to see. The gardens are wonderful. Lovely place for a leisurely stroll.

Thank Cheryl G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didnt visit the inside but the daimon provides nice overview of kyoto. There is a spectacular aquaduct which feels roman and is the first one iv seen in japan so far. Did a bicycle tour to visit this one. Recommended to rent a bike

Thank jeroenvandervelden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful temple. We went in the morning and it was not too crowded. Short walk from Keage subway station. Area around the temple is worth a stroll too. Consider Eikan-do and Keage Incline, which are just a short walk away.

Thank wzhkevin
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Looking for the quiet temple atmosphere that is Kyoto? Nanzenji is the place to go. The beautiful garden inside, walking along the grounds outside, just perfect. It was lightly raining while we were there which added to the visit. Allow time to enjoy all parts...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This place is truly beautiful and not that busy. Another bonus about this place is you are actually around in the main Shrine and go to the top balcony.

Thank Carl T
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Very impressive building! When you are approaching it sideways, it seems almost gigantic and standing as if right out of nowhere! We visited this temple in a heavy rain, so there were few others visitors and it felt really authentic!

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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.
Mahmood A
11 December 2017|
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Response from Biztravr | Reviewed this property |
Another than rain you wil Be fine