Enjoy the temple with the zenest atmosphere in Japan, Nanzen-ji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple is located close to subway Keage station so it is really easy to get to the temple. Nanzen-ji Temple is the main temple of Rinzai school, one of three sects of Zen in Japan. The temple was founded in 1291 and with its large premises is sure to make for a great place for leisurely zen-strolls. Not only are there historical buildings, but in spring there are cherry blossoms everywhere and in autumn you can see the beautiful autumn leaves. The temple surrounded by cherry blossoms is such a picturesque sight that if you post it on Facebook I am sure all your friends are going to like the picture. The first thing you are sure to notice when you approach the temple is the huge Sanmon gate. The gate is 22 meters tall, and there are stairs to an elevated viewing area. The view from upstairs is really nice. If you can, go to this temple early. You can feel relaxed among nature listening to the birds singing, feel at peace with the world and – dare I say it – feel zen.
Sanmon Gate
Sanmon Gate
The gate is 22 meters tall. If you have a 360° camera this would be the place to use it. There are really many Buddha statues pictures of colorful phoenix on the second floor that it is worth the extra yen you have to pay to enter. The stairs are really steep so please be careful when going up.
Red Brick
Red Brick
Arches made out of red brick are a specialty of Nanzen-ji. Can you believe that the tap water you drink while staying in Kyoto still comes through this aqueduct? In my opinion this is a great place to take a photo.
Walk by Suiro-kaku aqueduct
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Walk by Suiro-kaku aqueduct
Suiro-kaku is a 93 meters long aqueduct that carries water from the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. You can go up and see the water running, but this is not recommended for those afraid of heights. Walking on the aqueduct is fun but definitely not for those faint of heart.
Walk on the Keage Incline
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Walk on the Keage Incline
The Keage Incline and Suiro-kaku are close, so how about visiting both? When I go to Nanzen-ji Temple I leave my iPod at home and listen to the soothing music the murmur of the river and the singing birds make.
Manner & Tips
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Do not talk too loudly; respect the zen.
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The Sanmon gate is just huge, and that's only the beginning. The area of Nanzen-ji Temple is so huge that if you want to see everything you have to go early in the morning. And it's not only the temple, the Suiro-kaku aqueduct is also something you have to see. Plus the aqueduct is a great place to take pictures, especially if you are wearing a kimono.
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Nanzen-ji Temple / 南禅寺
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
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
Open Hours Dec.1 - Feb.28 8:40am - 4:30pm Mar.1 - Nov.30 8:40am - 5pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Dec.28 - 31
Price range
[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
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
URL1 http://www.nanzen.net/english/
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