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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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  • October 3, 2017
    It is very nice location. Was impressed when I saw the scene that reflected well on TV. Foliage season many people so early in the morning of the visit is recommended.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Nanzen-JI area is great! In the especially Temple fee, look up on the landscape is fine! Nice garden into at an additional cost. 5 stars! Was the only frustration is a place into the garden and see the folding screen paintings of Kano tan'yu. Reproductions of photos are prohibited! Moreover, with sliding doors and glass inside cannot be seen. Rubbish is bent over and not an unnatural posture at all see inside! Might be suitable for children, and into the lower glass in this as I sat by looking in a kneeling position and soon became painful hips! Anger swelled in this! You can't appreciate the treasure of masterpieces of paintings in a short time! Just one question I want to improve instantly! Nanzenji Temple, in other respects, so this point is only pity. Considering this point, ★ want to reduce, and leave. It's that much in total great place.
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  • September 28, 2017
    Nanzen-JI, fall is also the season of the fresh green best, but good! Nice lush green gardens and Channel Islands. Views of the Mikado was spectacular views? ~ ^ ^ can't walk approach such as of Kiyomizu-dera, and more recently, tourists are always crowded, but enough, so you can walk without.
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  • June 3, 2017
    Big and old temple. It looks fabulous as the green mountains just behind the temple. Especially recommended during cherry blossom.
  • March 18, 2017
    In order to walk through the temple and its buildings, you must take off your shoes before you walk on the wooden floors. There are slippers that are provided to you should you wish to wear something. There are a few places in the temple that require a bit of climbing and the stairs are a little steep, but it is nothing to be concerned about if care is take on the steps. While there is not much in terms of artefacts to see, walking through the temple is more about admiring the landscape surrounding the temple and realising that the temple is quite extensive. There is a small entrance fee to go in - if you have bought either the one day or two day Kyoto pass then you can use the discount coupons attached to the maps given to you upon purchase of your passes.
  • March 13, 2017
    It was drizzling when I visited Nanzen-ji, so there were only few people there. I could roamed freely over the temple and took photograph. It's a majestic temple I appreciated. Overall it was quite a pleasant experience
  • January 31, 2017
    “My favorite temple!” Spent 7 days in Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) and by far this was my favorite temple. I was able to get there super early in the morning and that made all the difference. Lovely, quiet and calming all at the same time. Note that as the morning wore on, the tour buses showed up and tons of tourists made it..
  • January 3, 2017
    Free entry. Spacious enough for you to walk around and enjoy for 2 hours or more. Old-time aqueduct definitely highlight of the place!

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