Aug. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Nanzen-ji Temple

- 南禅寺 -
Foreign 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
Languages spoken
Japanese only
3659 110 8.8 2 reviews
Aug. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Nanzen-ji Temple

- 南禅寺 -
Foreign 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
Languages spoken
Japanese only
3659 110 8.8 2 reviews
Story & Recommendation
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.
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Aug. 10, 2017
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Nov. 07, 2018
Details
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
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