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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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  • The Ishikawa 5 "and views! "And change the atmosphere and enter the gate shouted. The Golden Temple and aqueduct, came during the time of illusion. Tofu in your environment "behind Dan" is delicious and cheap, so recommend.
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  • Old water symbolizes the nanzen-JI is famous for. Colored leaves shine in the stone-built aqueduct is seen only here.
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  • We saw on the fourth day of the new year. In the morning due to bad weather, or who was around here and there and counting. On a very large site.
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  • So far, this is the only temple in Kyoto that I find truly exemplifies what a temple should be like, tranquil, serene, peaceful and old. It's not flashy and not commercialized. The architecture is absolutely what you would imagine a traditional buddhist temple should be like. Beautiful scenery, nice, quiet, and awesome buildings with architecture that can withstand thousands of years. My favorite temple in Kyoto if not the entire Japan.
  • Serene place but not much to do besides walking in circles. Extra pretty in autumn.
  • One of the best temple complexes to visit in Kyoto. Historic and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Best in Fall (Japanese maple or momiji) or in Spring (cherry blossoms). Spacious but crowded at these times. Nearby subtemples ($) are worthy of visits along with the Abbott's quarters. There is no charge for entry to the grounds surrounding the main gate (Sanmon). Easily accessible by walking from the Philosopher's Path or vice versa.
  • I love Japan with all my heart and Kyoto is one of the cities I keep visiting every time. Nanzen-ji temple is a rare treasure and you should visit it planning a trip.
  • one of the bigger temples with lesser tourists. i loved how scenic and quiet it was compared the the other tourist spots.

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