Friday, July 3, 2015


Nanzen-in Temple is one of Nanzen-ji's subtemples that is open to visitors. 

The subtemple is adjacent to the Nanzen-ji Hojo on an elevated hill. In order to get there, one climbs a set of stairs on the opposite side of a 93 mile-long Western-style brick aqueduct that was built in 1890 during the Meiji period.

Originally the retirement villa of the Emperor Kameyama (1274), the site now includes the emperor’s mausoleum, a temple hall, and pond garden. 

This was one of the smallest gardens I visited, the centerpiece of which was the pond with waterfall and a short trail that circled the outer edge. 

There is also an impressive moss garden along  the west side of the temple hall.