Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto
This is a huge temple complex situated in the eastern part of Kyoto at the foot of the hills, and can be considered off the beaten track as it doesn't seem to get as much visitors as the other more "celebrated" world heritage site.
Nanzenji Temple is a very attractive temple situated on the Philosopher's Walk route and entrance into the temple complex and grounds are free.
The admission you need to pay for are:
The two-storey main gate to Nanzenji that charges 500yen for you to climb to the second floor to enjoy the surrounding views.
This is a smallish temple just behind the aqueduct. It charges 300yen and is of interest to those who likes Zen Buddhism.
This is the abbot's quarters which charges 500yen.
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Nearest bus stop: Nanzenji, Eikando-michi. You can take bus 5 from Kyoto Station
Nearest subway station: Keage. From here, it is a 10 mins walk to the temple
Open daily, 8.30am-5pm
After walking up the mountain, we came down the hill at the other side where encountered this aquaduct. It was built to bring water from the mountains to the emperors palace. It seemed a bit out of place though. It looks so very Roman, not japanese at all.
When you visit NANZENJI TEMPLE, take the time and pay the extra fee to climb the main gate. It's a great view of the city and the history of it is neat. Also next to Nanzenji is Tenjuan Temple, with a really exquisite garden.