Nanzenji Temple in Autumn
Nanzen-ji (南禅寺, Nanzen-ji), or Zuiryusan Nanzen-ji, formerly Zenrin-ji (禅林寺, Zenrin-ji), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Emperor Kameyama established it in 1291 on the site of his previous detached palace. It is also the headquarters of the Nanzen-ji branch of Rinzai Zen. The precincts of Nanzen-ji are a nationally designated Historic Site and the Hōjō gardens a Place of Scenic Beauty.
Nanzen-ji is not itself considered one of the “five great Zen temples of Kyoto”; however, it does play an important role in the “Five Mountain System” which was modified from Chinese roots.
Photo by traveler_sui, shared on Facebook.
- Address : Japan, 〒606-8435 Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Nanzenji Fukuchicho, ８６
- Phone number : +81757710365
- Website : http://www.nanzen.net/english/index.html
- Opening Hours : 8:45 – 17:00