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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Nanzen-ji Temple Reviews
J'ai trouvé ce site moins spectaculaire que les autres (Pavillon d'Or, Fushimi Inari, Daigo ji qui sont vraiment exceptionnels) mais quand même, ce site est immense avec plusieurs temples dans le temp... more »I found this site less spectacular than the others (Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari, Daigo ji which are really exceptional) but still, this site is huge with several temples in the temple, if you want to take your time to soak it up, you could very easily spend 1/2 day there. Very easy to get there by subway, Keage station. The central garden is visited free of charge but you then have to pay for each temple. If you also want to climb the stairs of the magnificent 22m high San Mon entrance door, you also have to pay. I have to admit, we've abbreviated a little bit. Note a beautiful red brick aqueduct.
紅葉はまだまだな感じでしたが、大変お天気も良く美しいお庭を拝見してきました。もっと色づくと大変綺麗なのでしょうね… more »The autumn leaves were still a feeling, but the weather was very nice and I saw a beautiful garden. I guess it's very beautiful when i'm more colored...
The whole Nanzenji complex of temples and gardens is worth a whole afternoon. When I went there, on a rainy April 2018 day, they were conducting a ceremony for some high school students, showing that the temple is still in use by the local Japanese. April is a beautiful time to visit because instead of the more dramatic fall colors, you have many shades of green as well as some flowers in the gardens. An added attraction is the 100 year old brick aqueduct structure. It somehow fits in rather well with the much older architecture, and you can take stairs up to the aqueduct and follow a trail alongside the rushing water in the aqueduct. Beautiful!
The temple is very nice. The paths are complex. You could be wondering around in circle but it is beautiful during the Autumn. I do not mind walking. Peaceful environment.
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