Mar. 10, 2017 UPDATE

Ninna-ji Temple

- 仁和寺 -
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National treasure in spacious area overlooking an impressive pagoda
Ninna-ji Temple (Ninnaji) has extensive grounds and has been registered as a world heritage site. At the entrance, there is a huge gate and dramatic Niozou statues to the left and right of the gate. Within the grounds are buildings designated as national treasures and important cultural assets. From a beautiful garden with a pond and surrounded by trees, you can gaze at the background setting of a five-storied pagoda. From the beginning to the middle of April, the famous Omuro-zakura (cherry blossoms) are at their peak, and the temple bustles with many visitors. There are many sights to see at Ninna-ji Temple. Please enjoy the views and the buildings with their charm built up over their long history.
Hokutei (north garden)
Hokutei (north garden)
Hokutei is a garden that you can see from inside the Shinden building. You can see a pond with clear water, white sand in beautiful patterns, and trees that change colors through out the four seasons. You can also catch a glimpse of the five-storied pagoda. It is forbidden to go outside the wooden fencing or to lean on the wooden fencing.
Omuro-Zakura (cherry blossoms)
Omuro-Zakura (cherry blossoms)
Cherry blossom are in full bloom every year between the start and the middle of April. These cherry blossom trees are famous for its late blossom and the shortness of the trees when compared to other cherry blossoms. With the trees closely packed together and their unique height, the blossoming trees are very beautiful. As it becomes very busy with many people during the peak blossom period, please be considerate of others while looking at the cherry blossoms.
Look At Niozou Statues From Below
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Look At Niozou Statues From Below
The huge Niomon gate stands at the entrance to Ninna-ji Temple. On the left and right side of that gate stands are the Niozou statues with muscular figure and angry expressions. Please come close to them and look at them from below. You will certainly feel the impact of the statues.
Take Pictures Of The Five-storied Pagoda
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Take Pictures Of The Five-storied Pagoda
After approaching the towering five-storied pagoda and looking at its decorations, please take pictures of it from the top to the bottom. If you go far away and take a picture of it while sitting down, you can take a picture of it in its entirety.
Manner & Tips
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Within the grounds, please read the warning notices at each location and abide by the rules. Please do not enter forbidden areas.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Ninna-ji Temple is a very important temple in Kyoto, as can be seen from its relations with the Imperial Family and that it is a World Heritage Site. This temple is located on the scenic Kinukake-no-michi Road, which goes from Kinkaku-ji Temple to Ryoan-ji Temple, and from there on to Ninna-ji Temple. There is a lot to see at Ninna-ji Temple, but the most interesting part of the temple has to be the Goten Temple Complex which is located on the left of the temple’s main gate.
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Ninna-ji Temple is beautiful no matter what the season. The Japanese garden of the temple at the Goten Temple Complex is a great place to sit down on the walkway and gaze at the beautiful garden and the Five-Storied Pagoda and just feel relaxed. Ninna-ji Temple is an especially great place for those who don't like crowds!
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
4.7 experience5.0 access4.0 photogenic5.0
Ninna-ji Temple / 仁和寺
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-461-1155
Address 33, Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8092
Directions 3-minute walk from Keifuku Kitano Line Omuro Ninna-ji Station
Open Hours March 1 - November 30 9am - 5pm (must enter by 4:30pm) December 1 – the end of February 9am - 4:30pm (must enter by 4pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Notes Time required for a visit is around 60 - 70 minutes. In April, when the Omura-zakura blossom, there are many visitors.
Price range
[Goten (Palace & Gardens)] Adults:¥500 High school students:¥500 Jr. high school students:¥300 Elementary school students¥300 *The above applies to individuals. Fees may change depending on the time of the year and number of people. For details please visit the temple's homepage.
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
A pamphlet printed in English is available. There is also an English guide for each place within the grounds.
Information Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Japanese and basic English

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