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Nanzenji temple

Nanzenji templeMap around NanzenjiNanzenji is a Buddhist temple of Rinzai school, one of the three Japanese Zen sects.
It is located about 1 km east-southeast of Heian Shrine, and Chion-in temple is about 1.5 km southwest of this temple.

In 1289, Emperor Kameyama entered Buddhist priesthood at the age of 40.
And he changed a detached palace to a Buddhist temple in 1291. It was current Nanzenji.
By 1299, many buildings had been set up as a major temple.

In the middle of the 15th century, it had fallen into disrepair by civil war.
But it had been revived from the early 17th century after the foundation of Edo Government.
And this temple has been the highest positon of all Japanese Zen temples.

Sanmon Gate is one of the Japan's major gates, and the height is 22 meters.
We can go up to its terrace, and can have a nice view of Kyoto city.

Kyoto, Nanzenji temple

Houjou halls are designated as national treasures.
They consist of a large hall and a small one.
Large hall is a building donated from Kyoto Imperial Palace in the late 16th century.
And small hall was built around 1630s.
Around Houjou, three different Japanese gardens are set up.

Nanzen-in is a temple built on the site where original palace of Emperor Kameyama was.
The main temple is also called Houjou, and was rebuilt in 1703. It has a Japanese garden said to be created by Emperor Kameyama himself.

There are many other buildings around them.
But there is a unique construction in the precincts.
It is "Suirokaku" aqueduct like a Roman aqueduct, and the water of Lake Biwa are sent to Kyoto city through it.
It was completed in 1890, and runs near the entrance of Nanzen-in.
Of course, there were arguments for and against the construction at that time. But it is in harmony with the scene of the old temple now.

We must pay the admission fees to enter the gardens of Houjou (500 yen), Sanmon gate (500 yen) and Nanzen-in (300 yen).

Nanzenji is known for Yudofu.
Yudofu is a hot pot dish that tofu is boiled in water and dipped in sauce.
It is said that a restaurant along the approach to Nanzenji was the birthplace of Yudofu.
There are several restaurants of Yudofu along the approach.

Nanzenji official website
Junsei Restaurant : The official website of famous Yudofu restaurant near Nanzenji

How to get to here

By subway

Get off at Keage station on Tozai Line. Then 5 minutes walk from there.

By route bus

From Kyoto station, about 25 minutes to Nanzenji Eikando-michi stop, by bus with route No. 5.
Then about 10 minutes walk from there.

Chokushimon gate
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Temple grounds
Sanmon gate
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Balcony of Sanmon
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Corridor in Houjou
A Japanese garden of Houjou
Photo by Koto-roman
Another Japanese garden of Houjou
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Hattou temple Nanzen-in
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Yudofu dinner around a restaurant near Nanzenji
Photo by Koto-roman

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