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Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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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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  • came to beloved kyoto to visit our wonderful friend after hiking the kumano kodo trail. our 6th visit to japan, our third exploration of kyoto. lucky us to have our japanese friend who was raised in.....  more
    came to beloved kyoto to visit our wonderful friend after hiking the kumano kodo trail. our 6th visit to japan, our third exploration of kyoto. lucky us to have our japanese friend who was raised in.....  more »
  • While other temples, shrines and gardens typically take the spotlight in Kyoto's list of sights, Nanzen-Ji is maybe the one stuck best in my memory. What struck as my particularly memorable was the... 
    While other temples, shrines and gardens typically take the spotlight in Kyoto's list of sights, Nanzen-Ji is maybe the one stuck best in my memory. What struck as my particularly memorable was the...  more »
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  • Beautiful and one of beat place to see autumn leaves, autumn colours in autumn season, Kyoto. Too crowded because of autumn colours. Lot's of couples come to feel autumn colours in cool weather wearing kimono. It's traditional trend in Kyoto. Recommend to go there day after rainy day, rain refresh autumn leaves and colours.....
  • This is a interesting temple to visit, the areas you are allowed to walk around gives you a very good image of temple life for a monk. You can view the rooms and how they prep the zen garden, it gives you a sense peace. The grounds are beautiful, full of lush greenery. There is a lot to look at here and I would recommend you adding this place to your travel list, but I would think most people would want to visit every single temple while they are in Kyoto!

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