Nanzen-ji

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Nanzen-ji, the most famous temple of the Rinzai School of Zen, was established in 1291. It is the highest class of Japanese Zen temples and is also famous for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. The view from Sanmon (gate), a 22-meter high important cultural property of Japan, is a prime spot to look out over the southwest part of Kyoto. There are also many historical buildings and articles such as Daihojo, a national treasure, paintings on fusuma (Japanese sliding paper doors) which are important cultural properties and Hojo Teien (garden), designated as a Japanese scenic spot. You can even try Zen meditation if you make reservations in advance.

Address
Nanzen-ji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Contact No.
+81-75-771-0365
Access
10-min walk from Exit 1 of Keage Station on Kyoto Municipal Subway
Opening Hours / Holidays
8:40-17:00
Closed: December 28-31
Official Website
http://www.nanzen.net/
Time Required
30 minutes
Admission fee
Hojo Teien 500 yen, Sanmon 500 yen, Nanzen-ji Teien 300 yen

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

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Sanmon

The 22-meter sublime sanmon is one of the three major Japanese gates and is called Tenka-ryumon, which literary means dragon gate under the sun. The current gate was rebuilt in 1628. You can go into the upper part of this gate from where you can enjoy an amazing view of whole northwest part of Kyoto.

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Hojo Teien

This garden with its Kare-sansui style depicts a water landscape without water and is designated as Japanese scenic spot. It is also known as “Toranoko-watashi-no-niwa” as it is said the garden depicts a tiger cub crossing the river. The sand is water and rocks stand for the parent tiger. However, the interpretation is obviously left to the imagination of the viewer.

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Sosui

This arched, raised aqueduct made of bricks is an artificial water way from Lake Biwa to Kyoto and was built in 1890. It is popular because of its distinctive beauty and retro-style atmosphere that matches Nanzen-ji’s Japanese antiquity.

Source:pixta

Nanzen-ji

Nanzen-ji, the most famous temple of the Rinzai School of Zen, was established in 1291. It is the highest class of Japanese Zen temples and is also famous for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. The view from Sanmon (gate), a 22-meter high important cultural property of Japan, is a prime spot to look out over the southwest part of Kyoto. There are also many historical buildings and articles such as Daihojo, a national treasure, paintings on fusuma (Japanese sliding paper doors) which are important cultural properties and Hojo Teien (garden), designated as a Japanese scenic spot. You can even try Zen meditation if you make reservations in advance.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:pixta

Sanmon

The 22-meter sublime sanmon is one of the three major Japanese gates and is called Tenka-ryumon, which literary means dragon gate under the sun. The current gate was rebuilt in 1628. You can go into the upper part of this gate from where you can enjoy an amazing view of whole northwest part of Kyoto.

Source:pixta

Hojo Teien

This garden with its Kare-sansui style depicts a water landscape without water and is designated as Japanese scenic spot. It is also known as “Toranoko-watashi-no-niwa” as it is said the garden depicts a tiger cub crossing the river. The sand is water and rocks stand for the parent tiger. However, the interpretation is obviously left to the imagination of the viewer.

Source:pixta

Sosui

This arched, raised aqueduct made of bricks is an artificial water way from Lake Biwa to Kyoto and was built in 1890. It is popular because of its distinctive beauty and retro-style atmosphere that matches Nanzen-ji’s Japanese antiquity.

Source:pixta

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