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Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Tucked up against lush hills, Nanzen-ji Temple remains one of the nation's most important Zen Buddhist places of worship. As you enter through the massive 17th-century main gate into the forested grounds, remember to take moment to enjoy the view over the surrounding city. You'll then walk across a complex originally built in the late 13th century, dotted with smaller shrines from the following four centuries. Explore the many ponds and gardens to discover other points of interest, including historic teahouses, sub-temples with sliding wooden doors, and a few peaceful rock gardens. Make Nanzen-ji Temple part of your personalized Kyoto itinerary using our Kyoto trip app .
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  • Is famous for autumn leaves, but very refreshing in summer green, it's nice. People can enjoy fresh green Maple leaves, not so much. Suirokaku are brick red and green Sheen, is a very nice touch. Walking from the municipal parking lot of Okazaki Park parking lot. This is a good course. (^_-)
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  • The front door of the temple with its two levels, while wood is superb. You have to climb a very steep to access the floor stairs but worth the effort (and the 500 yen). He was then to visit the Hojo just behind and take a matcha in front of the waterfall and also visit the garden which is located to the left of the door of entry, full of serenity.
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  • The Southern Zen temple without the red leaves is not the best time to browse. However, we can climb to the gate of the South Zen temple, "church door", in the second floor side of the wind, the side of the wooden building in this ancient miracle to see the scenery of Kyoto.
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  • 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 it. I would highly recommend that you do NOT pay the 500 yen to go upstairs. You literally go upstairs, there's nothing to see nor a view, and go back down. You can browse the rest of the Temple area for free. It's massive, beautiful architecture, and definitely worth a visit.
  • Impressive structure. They want 500 yen to climb up to the second floor which we felt was a bit expensive for what you were getting so we didnt go up. Worth a look if you are in the area.
  • Lovely temple. It's one of temples offer incense for light up.
  • A wonderful place to stroll around. Have to pay to see into some of the temples or climb the gate. It is not as crowded as some of the other temples in Kyoto and it has a beautiful garden. Highly recommended.
  • This is another must see temple in Kyoto. You can start your philosopher's path adventure here and easily walk to Ginkakuji after or vice versa. When the fall leaves get going it is one the best times to visit and the large aqueduct is a great place to talk some touristy photos. You can climb to the top of the large gate and get to see a nice view of the city and surrounding mountains. Many people go and see Ginkakuji and miss out on getting to see this temple. Don't be that person and take a short walk. You won't be disappointed
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