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
If you want to avoid the tourist crowds go for Nanzen-ji temple before meeting the crowds in Ginkaku-ji ! Beautiful buildings with great paintings. A beautiful small garden as well where you can stop ... more »
岡崎エリアにほど近い、臨済宗南禅寺派の本山。東山の麓にあって、雰囲気も抜群にいいです。ドラマの撮影や雑誌にも取り上げられるだけあって、何処を切り取っても絵になります。 一年中様々な顔をみられますが、お勧めの季節はやっぱり秋です。境内に沢山の紅葉が植えてあり、京都の秋の風景が楽しめます。 近くには有名な料亭の瓢亭や菊水、また最近ブルーボトルコーヒーも出来て、魅力倍増です。 more »This is the main mountain of the Rinzai Sect Nanzenji school, which is close to the Okazaki area. It is at the foot of The East Mountain and the atmosphere is exceptionally good. It is only taken up in the photography of the drama and the magazine, and it becomes a picture no matter where it cuts it. You can see a variety of faces all year round, but the recommended season is autumn. A lot of autumn leaves are planted in the precincts, and the scenery of autumn of Kyoto can be enjoyed. There are also famous restaurants, Kikusui and recently blue bottlecoffee, which is doubled in appeal.
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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