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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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  • Well maintained temple near the zoo. Very simple with classic Japanese architecture. The cost of entry is 500Y, me I spent it very willingly. The access stairs are impressive and excellent for photographic ideas, you visit in an hour and it's pretty shady if strong sun. There are too many tourists, of which most local. The temple is closed from 28 to 31 December. Opens the Temple from 8:40 to 17:00, beautiful grounds including zen, essential. Very interesting the Story: The Nanzenji temple whose extensive grounds are located at the base of the wooded forests of Higashiyama, is one of the most important zen temples of all Japan. It is the head temple of one of the schools of the Rinzai sect of zen Buddhism Japanese and includes multiple subtypes, which make even bigger than the already vast complex of buildings of the temple. The story of Nanzenji Temple dates from the middle of the 13rd century, when Emperor Kameyama built his retirement villa in the current location of the temple and later turned it into a Zen Temple. After its founding, Nanzenji grew steadily, but its buildings were all destroyed during the civil wars of the late Muromachi period (1333-1573). The oldest existing buildings was built after that period.
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  • This Nanzenji temple is not mentioned so often but it is a walking distance from the famous Heian Shrine .the Nazenji temple are are rather quiet to vist not crowded so much comparing Fushimi Shrine o...  more »
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  • Wow this is the most Zen place I have ever been. I didn’t get chance to see many temples in Kyoto it was a short visit but a local recommended this place so I made it a priority. I don’t have anything to compare it to. Firstly I went up to the top of the large gate - amazing! It was very quiet and I must have sat there for an hour resting meditating soaking up the Zen-ness. Many more temples and gardens to see - the downside was you had to pay to get in everyone - I ran out of money :)
  • Zen Buddhism, a practical experience, a way of life in simplicity and balance. We are here to pay our respects and well wishes in one of the more important Zen temple of Kyoto. A saying goes by a moment of prayer in 南禅寺 worthy of a year of well wishing. Aside from being off-the-tourist radar, the temple full of presence in calm and tranquility. Never been feeling so spiritually and mentally connected to the force of Zen.
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