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Enjoy the zen atmosphere near Keage Station

Nanzen-ji Temple

/ 南禅寺
Nanzen-ji Temple
This temple is located close to the subway Tozai-line Keage Station. Nanzen-ji Temple is a main temple of Rinzai sect, Nanzen-ji school and was founded in 1291. The temple is carefully chosen as the highest ranked Zen temple. Since they have a large premises, you will experience many attractions at Japanese traditional and solemnity surroundings. Not only there are historical buildings, but there are also cherry blossoms and maple leaves bloom according to season in the site which makes the temp...morele more picturesque.

At first, Sanmon is a huge gate you will notice as you come in the site. It is a 2-stories gate that is 22 meters tall. You can go up stair and look at a nice scenery. If you have a chance to visit when the gate opens, you will feel relaxed with only the sounds of birds. In addition, there are Suiro-kaku (aqueduct), Hojo Garden, and more things to see.

Although there are many temples and shrines around the site, Nanzen-ji is one of the best area to go sightseeing.
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Personally, I think that the Suiro-kaku (aqueduct) that is made with red brick is highlight of the temple! It is worth going up and walking beside the rail. You may relax at nature surroundings away from the crowded visitors on the ground.
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Nanzenji temple has many nice spots, so it is very interesting and worth visiting. Of course, the temple, garden and the view from the top of Sanmonare are outstanding. In addition to that, I was interested in an aqueduct which directs the spring water through the grounds. Nanzen ji-temple offers various nice views in one place.
Sanmon
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Sanmon
It is a gate that is 22 meters tall. You can look at the magnificent view in 360° if you go up the stairs to the 2nd floor. There are so many statues of Buddha and a picture of colorful phoenix on the ceiling on the 2nd floor that it is worth paying the extra fee for. The stairs are extremely steep, so please be careful when you go up and down the stairs.
Red Brick
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Red Brick
Arched red bricks are specialty of Nanzen-ji. It still has multi-purpose uses such as using it as a source of tap water for Kyoto citizens. We highly recommend that you take a photo through the arched openings in order to have an illusion of a road that continues forever.
Suiro-Kaku
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Suiro-kaku
93m in length of Suiro-kaku still has running water from the largest lake in Japan, Biwa-ko. You can go up to see this running water surrounded by nature. This area is not recommended for those afraid of heights.
Incline
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Incline
It is connected to Suiro-kaku and Incline Road. How about walking through here with sound of birds and water as a background music?
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Please do not have a seat and talk loudly within the area.
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Nanzen-ji Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-771-0365
Address Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435
Directions 10-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Keage Station
10-minute walk from city bus Tennoji-cho stop or Nanzenji Eikando-michi stop getting off
Hours Dec.1 - Feb.28 8:40am - 4:30pm
Mar.1 - Nov.30 8:40am - 5pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Dec.28 - 31
Fee [Hojo Teien(Japanese garden)]

Adult ¥500
High school student ¥400
Elementary and junior high school students ¥300

[Sanmon(Main Gate)]

Adult ¥500
High school student ¥400
Elementary and junior high school students ¥300

[Nanzenin]

Adult ¥300
High school student ¥250
Elementary and junior high school students ¥150

*Group discounts are available for groups of 30 or more.
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Taiwanese, Korean, and Chinese brochures are available at the entrance of the main building. You may enjoy only walking around the gate without the entrance fee because the square that is in front of the building is so large.
Information Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean
Languages spoken Japanese only
URL http://www.nanzen.net/english/
Nanzen-ji Temple +81 75-771-0365 [Hojo Teien(Japanese garden)] Adult ¥500 High school student ¥400 Elementary and junior high school students ¥300 [Sanmon(Main Gate)] Adult ¥500 High school student ¥400 Elementary and junior high school students ¥300 [Nanzenin] Adult ¥300 High school student ¥250 Elementary and junior high school students ¥150 *Group discounts are available for groups of 30 or more. 2/3

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