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Nanzen-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Nanzen-ji Temple


Nanzen-ji Temple, with its expansive grounds and numerous sub-temples, is one of the most pleasant temples in Kyoto. The temple was originally a retirement villa for Emperor Kameyama, but was dedicated as a Zen temple on his death in 1291. The temple was once burnt down during the Onin War (1467 - 1477) and most of the present buildings are reconstructions from the Edo Period (1603 - 1868). Today the temple is the headquarters of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism.
At the entrance to the temple stands the massive San-mon Gate. The gate was reconstructed in 1628 by Todo Takatora to console the souls of the war dead of the Summer Siege of Osaka in 1615. You can enjoy a fine view of the Kyoto city from the steps lead up to the second story of the gate. Beyond the gate is the Hojo Hall with impressive screens painted tigers. A good look at the painted screens reveals the fact that the artist never actually saw a tiger, but instead relied on accounts received from China and India. The effect is that of tiger-dog.
Within the precincts of the Hojo Hall, the Hojo-teien Garden or also called "Leaping Tiger Garden" is a classic Zen garden that well worth a look. It is said that the garden was designed by a notable Japanese artist and aristocrat, Kobori Enshu. In the Hojo Hall, you can enjoy a cup of tea while sitting on Tatami mats. It is a good chance to get a taste of the tea ceremony in pleasant surroundings.
Another attraction of the temple is "Suiro-kaku", a red brick aqueduct which looks like a Roman aqueduct. It was built in 1890 to run water from Lake Biwa-ko to Kyoto.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:40 - 17:00 (March - November) *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • 8:40 - 16:30 (December- February) *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • December 28 - 31

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free
  • San-mon Gate: 500 yen (General, Adult); 400 yen (Student); 300 yen (Child)
  • Hojo-teien Garden: 500 yen (General, Adult); 400 yen (Student); 300 yen (Child)
  • Nanzenin-teien Garden: 300 yen (General, Adult); 250 yen (Student); 150 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes walk from Keage Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T09)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 86, Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435


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