All about a beautiful path in Kyoto with cherry trees along canal like a stream from Lake Biwa. You can enjoy Japanese great landscape when walking on the path called "Philosopher's Walk".
 
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【2005.12.20 Tuesday 】 author : スポンサードリンク
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Japanese maple trees at Nanzenji
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I took it from inside of Sanmon-the gate at Nanzenji temple.
Japanese maple trees are getting colored a little bit.
I took it around 8 a.m.



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This is a small monk's cell across the gate.
Map in Japanese.(by Mapion)

I guess if you really want to see Japanese Maple trees fully colored in red and yellow this weekend, you should go to the north like Kurama or Ohara.
【2004.11.06 Saturday 19:26】 author : walking
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The top of the canal in Nanzenji ★★★
Isn’t it amazing? You just think it is an ordinary bridge if you see it from the ground, but once you go through the canal gate and go up stone stairs, you can see water running so fast and you can hear the strong sound of the stream.

I thought that I could die if I fell into it while taking photos!

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I modified the map from here.Map Fan
【2004.03.13 Saturday 14:00】 author : walking
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Canal in Nanzenji-temple ★★
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You should see the canal shown int the picture above in Nanzenji.
Going up to the road on the right side of San mon for a couple of minutes, you’ll see it on your right.

It looks like an Roman architecture. Japanese temples and Roman appearance of the canal amazingly fits together.

When it is warm and nice weather, I want you stay and take a walk around San mon or read books there. I bet you’ll feel refreshed. It is what I usually do there.

Before 11 a.m or after 4 p.m, you won’t see people. You can enjoy the silence there.

This canal is also famous for the mystery drama on TV ! I don’t know why, but usually in many mystery drama on TV, suspects starts their confession and explain how they commit crime under the gate. It is interesting!
【2004.03.13 Saturday 13:00】 author : walking
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San mon, Big Gate in Nanzenji-temple ★★
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San mon, the main gate most Buddhism temple have in front is famous in Nanzenji-temple.
Nanzenji is 7 minutes’ walk from Subway Station Keage.
Nanzenji is in the East on the middle of the map.

My recommendation is not to enter the inside of garden or gate with some entrance fee if your time schedule is tight.
Good part of Nanzenji is the area of free charge, which means the place around Sanmon, the big gate.

If you want to see the view from the top of the big gate, you can go into the gate and need pay 500 yen. Some say it is worth going inside ascending stairs of the gate and seeing from the top. I think you might You mignt want to know how it looks inside the gate and the view from the top. Here you can see →・Lots of great pictures (in Japanese).

・It is an official HP of Nanzenji.San mon, the main gate (in English)

Only comparison in San mon, I feel more respect and greatness toward Chion-intemple. I don't know why, though.
Chion-in Temple is in the East on the top of the map.

Pictures and explanation of Chion-in temple is Pictures of Chion-in


The word “San” out of San mon means “three” in English. "San" stands for 3 kinds of entrance for Buddhism complete enlightenments which even we Japanese don’t know or never heard of at all.

Why is San mon in Nanzenji famous? Because it is one of the 3 wooden biggest gates in Japan. The other in Kyoto is Chion-in temple’s gate. The height is 24m. And another reason is that very famous good thief named Goemon in the Kabuki play whom most Japanese know exclaims how beautiful the view is from the top of the San mon.
【2004.03.13 Saturday 12:00】 author : walking
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