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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. Put Nanzen-ji Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kyoto travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Nanzen-ji is surrounded by beautiful garden and structures. I enjoyed walking around on the way up to the temple itself. It is very peaceful. 
  • Many temples along the Kyoto tourist route - although all stunning and worth seeing - can be crowded, which detracts from the splendor of the experience. The grounds of the Nanzen-ji, however, offer p...  more »
  • This is where some scenes of the movie, The Last Samurai, were taken. The gate itself is a sight to behold. A visit to this temple is worth your time and effort.