Buddhist Temple in Northern Higashiyama, Kyoto
Varies by season
Allow 30 minutes
Closed: New Year holidays
Updated 7 March 2020
About Nanzenji Temple
The most important Zen temple in Japan, set on spacious grounds containing several sub-temples. History dating back to the 14th century.
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