Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in

sights / Religious

Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in information

Kyoto , Japan
Fukuchi-chō, Nanzen-ji, Sakyō-ku
Getting there
Subway: Tōzai line to Keage
Bus: Kyoto City bus 5 to Eikandō-michi
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Perhaps the best part of Nanzen-ji is overlooked by most visitors: Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in, a small shrine hidden in a forested hollow behind the main precinct. It’s here that pilgrims pray while standing under the falls, sometimes in the dead of winter.

To get here, walk up to the red-brick aqueduct in front of Nanzen-in. Follow the road that runs parallel to the aqueduct up into the hills, and walk past (or through) Kōtoku-an, a small subtemple on your left. Continue up the steps into the woods until you reach a waterfall in a beautiful mountain glen.