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Ninna-ji Temple

#10 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8092, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-461-1155
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Ninna-ji is a national tresure and also designated as a world heritage...

Ninna-ji is a national tresure and also designated as a world heritage site. From over a thousand years ago, it has a deep co nection to the imperial family. Then, Ninna-ji is one of most famous temple which known for beautiful cherry blossoms, its wrapping up the end of the season in Kyoto - a town with many famous cherry trees.

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Quiet but lovely

This temple was much quieter than it's close friends like Kinkakuji so the little wooden walkways, looking at the pretty gardens is much nicer than many others. Thankfully, there... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This temple was much quieter than it's close friends like Kinkakuji so the little wooden walkways, looking at the pretty gardens is much nicer than many others. Thankfully, there was a little heater set up and we stood there for a while, drying our wet socks and warming up. There's also a pagoda just outside the complex, and with some... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our third visit to Kyoto but our first visit to Ninna-ji. It is easily accessible by train on the Keifuku Randen Kitano line. It has a beautiful 5 level pagoda and a special late blooming variey of cherry blssom called Omuro Sakura. A visit is highly recommended.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This for me is actually one of the hidden gems of Kyoto, it doesn't tend to appear at the top of most peoples itinerates, and most people probably haven't even heard of it! But this temple, about a 20minute walk from Kinkaku-ji, has everything you could possibly want on site! To start with the main temple is a very beautiful... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came upon this temple while exploring the area, it is lovely especially since the cherry blossoms are blooming

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I don't have the required knowledge to fully appreciate the Ninna-ji temple, but I sincerely found it and average-beautiful-temple. What I mean is, the temple is surely beautiful, but do not deserves such a good grade when compared to other temples in Kyoto. I personally particularly appreciated the garden, both sand and green gardens are really nice. If you... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another temple, has a interesting 5 story pagoda. The gate is nice to see but the complex is rather big so take your time. It is one of the things to see in kyoto

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took the wrong bus and ended up here. It was really a really camera friendly place, some of the temples aren't so. They have beautiful gardens and numerous cool structures to see.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was on the bus headed elsewhere when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this huge Pagoda in the trees. Got off the bus and thought I was in a movie scene from 7 years in Tibet. Truly amazing beauty and experience.

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

There is a fee of 600 yen per adult to enter the UNESCO heritage listed temple grounds. You'll find there are many lovely buildings to admire within the neatly kept grounds, such as the five storied pagoda and the bell tower. You are only able to view the pagoda and the bell tower from outside however. You'll be given a... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

The number 59 bus said get off here for our next part of our visit and the temple gates were beckoning.A fabulous must-see visit..great zen gardens,pagoda,wall paintings and beauty.Don't miss.

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Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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