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.