Posted on 29 January 2012
Travel Date: 28 October 2010
Location: Eastern part of Kyoto
Woke up early that day, joined the morning commute crowd in subway, crossed a street, walked through a tunnel and some residential looking area and finally I see Nanzenji (南禅寺) – the first destination of my very first Japan trip, so you can imagine how excited I was when I spot the temple.
Almost not a soul on sight in Nanzenji when I entered, plus it was drizzling. Still remember it felt as though I could have this whole place for myself. For a moment I was so happy that I threw the umbrella aside and danced around the sanmon (main gate) for a bit. Not sure if the monk on the second (or third) floor of sanmon saw me though. ;P
Anyway, Nanzenji is a good place to visit. It’s huge and pretty, especially the zen gardens and the suirokaku (aqueduct).
How To Get There
- Take subway/metro from Kyoto station [K11] to Keage station (蹴上駅) [T09], note that there’s a change of line at Karasuma Oike station [K08/T13] (烏丸御池駅)
- Nanzenji is about 10min walk from Keage station, cross a street, go through a short tunnel, follow the road a bit and soon you’ll be able to see the temple