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  • Address: 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 606-8435

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Nanzen-ji Temple Tours

It is not every day that a retirement home is converted into a temple. After Emperor Kamayema’s death in 1305, however, this is exactly what happened. Named the Nanzenji Temple, it is now one of the most important Zen temples in Japan. The Nanzenji Temple complex includes multiple buildings and several subtemples. Walking paths wind through the complex. 

An impressive, large gate—the Sanmon entrance—welcomes visitors to the temple. The gate memorializes the soldiers who died in the battle for Osaka Castle in 1615. Visitors can make their way up to a balcony on the gate, which affords an incredible view of Kyoto and beyond. Trees line both sides of the pathway through the complex, and mountains dot the distant horizon. One of the popular spots on the premises is a zen rock garden, with formations many believe look like tigers swimming through the water. 

Practical Info

The closest subway station to Nanzenji Temple is Keage Station on the Tozai Line. From Kyoto Station the trip takes about 20 minutes. One unique way to access the temple is by walking the Philosopher’s Path first; the temple is located at the southern end. 

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Kyoto Temple, Shrine, Geiko & Sake Tour, Kyoto, null
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Kyoto Temple, Shrine, Geiko & Sake Tour

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour, Kyoto, Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours
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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

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Grab your bike and get set to explore Kyoto from the ground up. On this small-group bike tour, you’ll unearth the real Kyoto while cycling the narrow lanes and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.13
Kyoto Rickshaw Tour, Kyoto, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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