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Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto

Categories: Gardens, Sacred & Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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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  • You have to see this place. The building itself is enormously impressive, but numerous, extremely thick tree trunks as the base of the building on a raised base! The age and the associated history of the building are alone worth mentioning. Who visited yet the observation deck for €4, will be rewarded with a priceless view. The staircase is relatively steep and it applies to Europeans, to note the low beams and not to injure yourself! A must-have!
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  • The gardens and buildings here are very well maintained and look stunning. Shades of Autumn were just beginning to show , especially in the maples in late August and I imagine it would look stunning i...  read more »
  • There two garden temples and Nanzen-ji. Wonderful experience with national heritage art consisting of exquisite painted screens, rock gardens, ladies in kimonos having a tea and temple event, nice gre...  read more »
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