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Nanzen-ji Temple

#25 of 1 383 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 08:45 - 17:00
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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 3 days 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.

Thank ghorbelma
Reviewed 3 days 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

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 4 days 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.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 5 days 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

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit during October shows the garden's true colours with the Autumn foliage coming to its full potential. The trees and shrubs were turning red and golden and the blend was stunning. A well laid out garden and pond although there is a small entrance...More

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful temple, free, is 10 minutes walk from the Westin. Go right from the hotel, crossing the street and through the Keage Tunnel. We meandered down the street until we saw signs and crowds headed toward the temple. There was a strong smell of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We absolutely loved this place. There was something for everyone here. If you want to explore around the gardens, there's plenty to see here. If you want to climb up the temple and get a panoramic view, that aso works. Alternatively, you can take a...More

Thank highimpactuk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You might need to the more famous rock gardens and find yourself surrounded by bus loads of tourists. Come here instead and you will find the profound peace in which these magnificent works of art - the interiors and the gardens - were meant to...More

Thank bombaybeauty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another temple with an impressive Sanmon gatehouse, spacious grounds, but this one has rather more visitors than some of the other sights. As Nansen-ji is situated up a hillside, the upper balcony of the grand gatehouse affords views over Kyoto city, so it may be...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unknowingly located in a park far away from other attractions, the enormous temple gate towers above everything else. It's very quite and peaceful here as most other tourists are at the more famous temples which makes this area all the worth while since it's not...More

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16 July 2018|
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Response from Graham H | 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