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    Nanzen-ji Temple

    Temple of scenic beauty with many sub-temples

    In the Kamakura period (1185-1333), a Zen priest converted the imperial villa owned by retired emperor Kameyama to a Zen temple.  Their grand main gate commands a superb view especially in autumn when about 300 surrounding trees are all colored in red.  This scene is depicted in one of the famous Kabuki pieces.  The water canal made up of red bricks and red autumn leaves creates an impressive view.  The old train path on the incline surrounded by seasonal beauty bears a different expression in each season.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013

    INFORMATION

    Name Nanzen-ji Temple
    Address 16 Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075–771–0365
    Hours 8:40-16:30 (Dec.-Feb.), until 17:00 (Mar.-Nov.) *Enter by 20 min. before the closing time.
    Closed
    Resevation
    URL http://nanzenji.com
    Recommended Entry: Hojo Garden: 500 yen; San-mon Gate: 500 yen; Nanzen-in Temple: 300 yen

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