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Kyoto's Best Zen Gardens: Nanzenji (guide)

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Published on 06.01.2016 Nanzenji is located on the east side of Kyoto, and is rated exceptionally by Kyoto Gozan, a system that indicates the status of Buddhist temples in Kyoto, as it holds the highest status as a Zen temple. Besides its lofty religious standing, Nanzenji is also widely known for its beauty, most notably for its autumn leaves and cherry blossoms, which are said to be outstanding. If you are planning to visit, fall is undoubtedly the best time to do so. Furthermore, there are plenty of other places to visit nearby. Hojo, the temple’s abbot chambers, are a national treasure, and the view from Sanmon (the first building you see after entering the temple gates) is rewarding. Also, the aqueduct standing in the temple grounds is a rarity in Japan.
If you are heading to Nanzenji from Keage, the nearest subway station, you will go through strange tunnel called “Nejirimampo,” which means “twisting tunnel.” If you have time, please take the stairs to Keage Incline, an old rail track used for transporting boats between Lake Biwa and Kyoto, known as one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossom season in Kyoto.
“Sanmon” is the first building you see after entering the gate. It is a thing of architectural beauty, but most notable is its overlook of Kyoto, which can be seen from the second floor. Sanmon literally means “three gates,” which signify the three difficulties that must be passed along the way to achieving enlightenment in Buddhism.
The natural treasure, Hojo (the abbot’s chambers), and the Hojo garden, can be reached from Hatto (the main building). Be sure to check out the mural of the dragon amongst the clouds painted on ceiling. The Hojo complex has two buildings, and Japanese rock garden located in front. A massive Japanese mural of tigers in can be seen in the smaller building.
Particularly recommended in Nanzenji is the Suirokaku Aqueduct, which runs across the front of the Nanzenin. The fusion of traditional Japanese architecture and Western-style creates a strikingly magical atmosphere. It is hard to resist taking a few photos! After enjoying all massive architecture and gardens, please be sure to try some “Yu-Tofu,” which means boiled tofu, where Nanzenji is regarded as its birthplace.

Nanzenji
Opening hours:
December 1st to February 28th : 8:40am to 4:30pm
March 1st to November 30th : 8:40am to 5:00pm
Admission ends 20mins prior to closing time.
December 28th to 31th: Closed for public.
Open for New Year.

Admission Fee:
The Hōjō garden
Adult : ¥500
High school students: ¥400
Elementary and junior high school students: ¥300
Sanmon
Adult: ¥500
High school students : ¥400
Elementary and junior high school students: ¥300
Nanzenin
Adult: ¥300
High School Students: ¥250
Elementary and junior high school students: ¥150

Address: Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city
TEL075-771-0365
Access:

Subway: Keage Station on the Tozai Line (10 mins walk)
Bus: Nanzenji-Eikando-michi bus stop on line number 5 (10 mins walk)
Or Higashitenno-cho bus stop on line 93, 203, 204 (10 mins walk)


Source: Happy in Japan
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