Nanzen-ji Temple

Designated a Monument of Japan, because of its beauty, Nanzen-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple complex at the start/end of the famous Philosopher’s Walk.

Budget travel tips

  • Combine this with a trip to Ginkaku-ji Temple, via the Philosopher’s Walk.  This should provide for a whole afternoon/morning’s sightseeing.
  • Most of the temples in this complex have a charge, so just choose one or two.  We recommend Nanzenin and the Hojo Rock Garden. Also have a walk around as you travel here, to see a few smaller, free shrines.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the No.5 bus to Nanzenji, Eikando-michi.

From other areas, take a bus to bus to Nanzenji, Eikando-michi (large bus stop on bus maps).


Opening time: 8:40 to 5pm.

Cost: 300-500 yen per area.


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.