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Nanzen-ji Zen Temple南禅寺


The head temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism, located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was founded by the priest Mukan Fumon as the Zenrin-ji-dono, the imperial villa of Emperor Kameyama in 1291. The temple’s standing is high; it is considered above the five most important Rinzai temples in both Kyoto and Kamakura. Its triple gate is considered one of the three most impressive temple gates in Kyoto and is also famous as the setting of a scene in the kabuki play Sanmon gosan no kiri, in which the character of Ichikawa Goemon utters the well-known line, “How beautiful, how beautiful!” The temple houses numerous Important Cultural Properties, such as famed painter Kano Tan’yu’s screen paining The Tiger of Mizunomi. The grounds contain an abbot’s residence which is a National Treasure and was moved here from the former imperial palace of Fushimi Castle. The temple’s garden is a dry landscape garden representative of the early Edo period style.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

phone 0757710365

[12/1-2/28] 8:40-16:30
[3/1-11/30] 8:40-17:00 * Admission feeReception until 20 minutes the end

Review of Nanzen-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/12/21 Interesting features
This is quite a plain temple, but the sheer size of the gigantic gate makes it worth a visit just in itself! There is also the curious feature of a European-style aquaduct just off to one side, which...
Reviewed:2019/12/04 Nice Zen Temple
Nanzen-ji was a Zen Buddhist Temple converted from the former residence of Emperor Kameyana upon his death. There were several nice buildings and a classic Zen garden within the temple compound...
Reviewed:2019/11/27 Magnificent temple with great autumn viewing
Temple is filled with maple trees. Pretty amazing maple trees cover the garden of the temple. Can’t bear to leave the area, until I gotten too hungry. Lots of tofu restaurants around the area but all...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou [ map ]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
[12/1-2/28] 8:40-16:30
[3/1-11/30] 8:40-17:00 * Admission feeReception until 20 minutes the end
Open on 12/28-31
Admission feeVisitation fee [Hojo garden] General500yen, High School Students400yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students300yen
[Sanmon] General500yen, High School Students400yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students300yen
[Nanzenin] General300yen, High School Students250yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students150yen
Parking Lot
Available 12spaces
Credit Card
Available (Hojo Garden and Nanzen-in are available, Sanmon is Not available/VISA, MasterCard, JCB, UnionPay)
Other (Available only under the approach)
Not available
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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