The Head Temple in Kyoto
Founded in 1291 and expanded in 1597, Nanzen-ji Temple has played a significant role in Zen Buddhism over the years. Bearing the title of “First Temple of The Land”, it is highly respected and is the head temple of the five greatest temples of Kyoto. While Nanzen-ji is called “a temple”, it has various subtemples inside, occupying a large area of land. The most well-known subtemple is Nanzenin Temple, the mausoleum of the emperor. Highlights of the Nanzen-ji are the magnificent and humongous Sanmon gate and Nanzen Oku-no-in, a 200 meter waterfall grotto.
Address: Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city