Initially established in 1264 as a villa for Emperor Kameyama, Nanzen-ji became a temple upon his death in 1291. It belongs to the Rinzai sect and is one of the "Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto."
Sanmon Gate of Nanzenji Temple.
The view from the main gate, or sanmon, is impressive and the hokan (crowned) Shaka image enshrined there can be viewed through a small window in the door.
View from the Sanmon Gate of Nanzenji Temple.
Beneath the Sanmon Gate of Nanzenji Temple.
Nanzenji Temple hondo.
Lake Biwa aquaduct at Nanzenji Temple.
Dung balls drying outside a sub-temple of Nanzenji, purpose unknown.