6 Not-to-Miss Sights at Nanzenji in Kyoto!


Photos by Makoto Ito.

Our recommended spots to visit within 南禅寺 (Nanzen-ji Temple’s) grounds

1. Teahouse entrance

An entrance to a teahouse in 天授庵 (Tenju-an), a sub-temple within the Nanzen-ji grounds.

2. Beautiful pond garden

A pond surrounded by lush greenery at Tenju-an.

3. Tenju-an Temple

枯山水園 (Karesansui-en, dry landscape gardens) and ponds with koi fish—this Buddhist temple offers truly exquisite gardens.

Address: 86-8 Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Visiting Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Winter season 9:00 – 16:30, fall color season includes light up hours 17:30 – 21:00)
Entrance fee: 400 yen (nighttime light up in fall 500 yen)

4. Teahouse

Inside a teahouse at 金地院 (Konchi-in Temple), a sub-temple at Nanzen-ji.

5. Room of Chrysanthemums

A detail of painted sliding screen doors in the 「菊の間」 (“Room of Chrysanthemums”) at Konchi-in Temple.

6. Konchi-in Temple

Konchi-in, a sub-temple at Nanzenji, is a place full of fascination.

Address: 86-12 Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Visiting Hours: 8:30 – 17:00 (December 1 – end of February 8:30 – 16:30)
Entrance fee: 400 yen (special viewing of fusuma paintings and tea house require prior reservation and an additional 500 yen)

Don’t miss these other fascinating sights found throughout the grounds of Nanzenji Temple. Experience the architecture and atmosphere of old Japan as you discover the finest examples of Japanese beauty preserved here, in the ancient capital of Kyoto.