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Kyoto, Japan

Nanzen-ji
Nanzen-ji is a very large temple in eastern Kyoto. The gardens are park-like and lovely. The view from the temple verandah over the trees to Kyoto is lovely and worth the climb! Visit Nanzen-in, Tenju-an and Konchi-in while you are there.


Open- 8.30am to 4.30/5.00pm
Entrance fee- Y150-Y400
Directions- From either Kyoto or Sanjo station take No 5 bus to Eikan-do-mae bus stop

Nanzen-ji

The lovely gardens and maples at Nanzen-ji Temple

Konchi-in
Just outside the gates to the Nanzen-ji Temple, Konchi-in is an exquisite landscape-style Japanese garden. The secluded paths, trees, pond and area of dry, gravel, garden, make this well worth the visit. Review and more photos of Konchi-in

Open- 8.30am to 4.30pm
Closed- Mondays (unless a National Holiday), December 29 to January 3
Entrance fee- Y400

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Konchi-in, looking across the pool to the entrance

Tofuku-ji Temple

Founded in 1236, Tofuku-ji Temple is one of the main temples in Kyoto. The stroll gardens are especially lovely in autumn, the narrow pond is crossed by arched bridges. A pattern of white sand sqaures in lush deep green moss is striking backed by pink azaleas in spring and brilliant foliage colour in autumn.

Open- 9.00am to 5.00pm daily
Entrance fee- Y300
Directions- From Kyoto station bus No 208 to the Tofuku-ji-mae stop.


Maruyama-koen Park
A large and popular park, particularly in spring when a huge and venerated sakura, or cherry, blossoms. A pretty pool, paths and trees

Open- Daily
Entrance fee- None
Facilities- Snacks

Maruyama-koen Park

Sakura tree, Maruyama-koen Park

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
A steep path through dozens of tourist shops leads to this large temple, popluar in cherry blossom season.

Open- 6.00am - 6.00pm daily
Entrance fee- Y300
Directions- From Kyoto station take bus No 206 to Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, the temple is a 10 minute walk up the hill

Sakura blossom

Sakura or cherry blossom in spring

Ryoan-ji
Set within earthen walls with glimpses of green tree tops beyond, this simple karesansui, or dry landscape garden, of fifteen rocks set in a 'sea' of raked, white sand is justly famous.

Address: 11 Naitocho, Shinjuku-ku
Open- Daily 8.00am to 5.00pm from April to November; 8.30am to 4.30pm from December to March
Entrance fee- Y400
Directions- from Kyoto station take bus No 52, or from Sanjo Keihan station take bus No 59


Daitoku-ji Temple
While the Daitoku-ji Temple is closed to the public, the many subtemples and their lovely gardens are open. It can be busy and crowded, but Daitoku-ji is a must for those interested in karesansui (dry landscape gardens) and Zen gardens.

Open- 9.00am- 4.30/5.00pm daily
Entrance fee- Y300-Y400
Directions- from Kyoto station take bus No 205 or 206 to Daitoku-ji-mae; or walk from Kitao-ji subway station.

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