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Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

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26 Feb 2024 | Mon

Day 07 of 17

  • Yasaka Shrine Kyoto
  • Maruyama Park
  • Chion-in Temple Kyoto
  • Mausoleum Emperor Hanazono Kyoto
  • Shorenin Monzeki
  • Hatsune Sushi Kyoto
  • Walk to Nanzen-ji Temple
  • Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

After a fantastic meal at Hatsune Sushi in Kyoto, we made our way to the Nanzenji Temple. This was a place we didn’t know much about, just like the Chion-in Temple, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Approaching Entrance to Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

The temple had a grand entrance called the Sammon Gate, which was really impressive with its large wooden structure. Inside the temple, there was a unique feature called the Suirokaku Waterway Bridge. This was a bridge that had a mix of Western and Japanese styles, and it added a special touch to the temple. Our visit to the Nanzenji Temple was a great way to end our day in Kyoto. It was a peaceful and beautiful place that added a wonderful memory to our trip.

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. The temple was destroyed in a fire in 1895 and rebuilt in 1909.

Nanzen-ji was founded in the middle Kamakura period (1291, or Shōō 4 in the Japanese era system). It was destroyed by fire in 1393, 1447, and 1467, rebuilt in 1597, and expanded in the Edo era. A large complex, it has varied over time between nine and twelve sub-temples.

– Nanzenji Temple Kyoto > Wikipedia

Sammon Gate at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

Sammon Gate at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

The temple’s Sanmon gate was originally constructed in the 13th century, destroyed in 1369 at the order of the government, and reconstructed in 1628. The gate contains stairs to an elevated viewing area, which was the setting for a famous scene in the 1778 Kabuki play Sanmon Gosan no Kiri inspired by the story of the criminal Ishikawa Goemon who is said to have spoken of the beauty of the view (but who was executed prior to the construction of the current gate).

– Sammon Gate at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto > Wikipedia

Suirokaku Waterway Bridge at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

Suirokaku Waterway Bridge at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

Constructed in 1890 through the temple grounds to carry irrigation water from the Lake Biwa Canal.

– Nanzen-ji Aqueduct > Wikipedia

Saishō-in at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

Saishō-in at Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

Map | Nanzenji Temple Kyoto

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