Nanzenji Temple: Photo-Worthy Temple Complex in Kyoto
Nanzenji: Hidden Temple in Kyoto for Photography
Nanzenji Temple is one of the most attractive temples in Kyoto as the large temple complex offers numbers of amazing photo spots such as the Sanmon Gate, the massive 22m tall entrance gate which visitors encounter first when they enter the temple site. Inside the gate can be entered with an entrance fee of 500 yen and there is a open-air wooden balcony on the second floor, offering a pleasant view of Kyoto City.
Another highlight of the temple is Hojo Garden , an astonishing rock garden which is considered one of the most significant examples of karesansui gardens. It has been designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty.
One of the most unique and photo-worthy spots in Kyoto is the large Western style brick aqueduct at Nanzenji Temple. It was built during Meiji Period as a part of a canal system to bring water from Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture to Kyoto, and now it became a popular place for photo shooting. It also has been featured on TV or movies for multiple times.
Nanzenji Temple is one of the most popular places for autumn leaves viewing in Kyoto. The colourful maple leaves can be seen several spots at the temple site. Also, only a few steps away from Nanzenji Temple, there is a small sub-temple called Tenjuan, which also has a highly praised Japanese style gardens. The special light up for autumn leaves is held at the garden from mid to late November annually.
Access: 10 mins walk from Keage Station (Tozai line)
Hours: 8:40 to 17:00
Autumn leaves light-up: mid to late November (17:30‐20:45)
Best viewing time: mid to late November
Fee: 600 yen for evening light-up
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