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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.

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place Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou
phone 0757710365



Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou [map]



[12/1-2/28] 8:40-16:30
[3/1-11/30] 8:40-17:00 ※ Admission feeReception ends 20 minutes the end
12/28-31 can not be opened in general
Admission feeVisitation fee [Hojo garden] General 500 yen, High School Students 400 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 300 yen
[Sanmon] General 500 yen, High School Students 400 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 300 yen
School Students150yen
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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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