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Nanzen-ji Temple南禅院


Nanzen-ji Temple is a famous spot even in Kyoto for viewing the changing leaves of autumn. “Nanzenin” is the site of the villa of Emperor Kameyama (1249–1305) and the original site of Nanzenji Temple. The garden is a stereotypical example of the kind of path around a pond garden of the late Kamakura period, the highlight being the reflection of colored Japanese maple leaves in the pond’s surface. It is also designated as one of Kyoto’s three historic sites and landmark gardens of scenic beauty. The area around Nanzenji Temple is said to be the birthplace of boiled tofu, so it is certainly worth trying some if visiting.

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place Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou
phone 0757710365



Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou [map]



[12/1-the end of February] 8:40-16:30 (last reception 16:10)
[3/1-11/30] 8:40-17:00 (last reception 16:40)
[Admission fee appreciate your generous contributions gold] General 300 yen, High School Students 250 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 150 yen
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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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