We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


27 Saganisonin Monzenchojincho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8425, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-861-0687
Review Highlights
Wonderfully Quiet Temple

For a temple on the Arashiyama walking trail, beyond the bamboo forest, Nison-in is wonderfully... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Penang, Malaysia
There are better temples in the neighborhood

Not impressed by the temple, garden or the Buddha structure. Many other temples in the vicinity to... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Hong Kong, China
Read all 99 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
27 Saganisonin Monzenchojincho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8425, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-0687
Write a Review
Reviews (99)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 14 March 2017

For a temple on the Arashiyama walking trail, beyond the bamboo forest, Nison-in is wonderfully peaceful. It doesn't have anything particularly stunning-- nothing compared to Kinkaku-ji for example, but it has the atmosphere of serenity, which made it stand out in its own way. There...More

Thank SeraphinaKey
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Not impressed by the temple, garden or the Buddha structure. Many other temples in the vicinity to suit your tastes, whatever they might be.

Thank ECWorld
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

There are 2 main Buddha statues in the temple. Usually, a temple has 1 main Buddha statue and 2 assistant Buddha statues. However, it has 2. So, a name of this temple means "Two Hollies Temple". A right one is Shaka who send the people...More

Thank Satoshi Y
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

The joy of Nison-in is that nobody really seems to know about it. Most of Arashiyama's tourists never get much farther than the end of the Bamboo Forest, meaning places farther into the mountains are all but forgotten. I talked to some of the staff...More

Thank Rebecka W
Reviewed 22 October 2015

If it wasn't under construction it might be lovely... But the overgrown gardens leave a lot to be desired. Still, I'd rate it average because it lies exactly in the middle of my experiences in Japanese temples! If you're there, stop by, but don't make...More

Thank Emily L
Reviewed 29 April 2015

We stopped here on our tour of temples in Arashiyama and were underwhelmed. Despite being charged 500 yen, there were not signs in Japanese or English that warned about the main hall being completely inaccessible due to construction. The famous pair of statues were visible...More

Thank Calvin K
Reviewed 30 March 2015

We passed this quiet and seemingly unassuming temple on the way to another and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful temple nestled in a forest complete with great views of kyoto. Be sure to climb the mountain and take the forest passageway to the...More

Thank Luna_Tsubasa
Reviewed 26 January 2015

A great temple hidden a bit further away from the main touristy spots. Very beautiful temple and surrounding nature, totally worth a 15 minute walk away from the crowds. Don't miss a nice lookout with great Kyoto views, it is a short walk up the...More

Thank sashkello
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Nison-in is one of the many temples in the Arashiyama area. The temple was initiated by Emperor Saga in 834 AD. Nison-in (Temple of Two Deities) got its name because it houses two Kamakura-era Buddha statues (Shaka and Amida).The colours of the leaves were at...More

1  Thank suathong
Reviewed 14 June 2013

Nisonin is a lovely temple further up the hill from Tenryuji, about 15 minutes, and less crowded as a consequence. I'd hoped to see hydrangeas in flower while I was there, but it was a bit early and only a few were out. I think...More

Thank Selsy
Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
Nearby Restaurants
16 reviews
.20 km away
Sagatofu Morika
27 reviews
.68 km away
16 reviews
.66 km away
17 reviews
.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
4,921 reviews
.78 km away
Tenryuji Temple
1,444 reviews
.82 km away
Okochi Sanso Garden
439 reviews
.53 km away
Bamboo Forest Street
2,365 reviews
.64 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Nisonin staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines