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Ninna-ji Temple

Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Kyoto 616-8092, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-461-1155
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Ranked #18 of 513 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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olten, switzerland
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we only had about 20 minutes to see this. Like I wrote in my other reviews, you can visit this temple if you are visiting the Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Temple). Basically you can walk downhill from the Golden Temple to Ryoanji and then to Ninna-ji. It's about a 20 min walk in between each. You can also bus... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Ninna-ji Temple (仁和寺) is located northwest of Kyoto station, about 9 km (5.6 mi) by car. Ninna-ji Temple is one of the more well-known temples and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The original temple began its construction under Emperor Kōkō (光孝天皇, 58th emperor of Japan) south of the Mt. Ouchiyama (大內山) in 886 of the early Heian... More 

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Gold Coast Australia
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54 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Beautiful huge grounds that would be absolutely beautiful when the flowers were out. A bit stark in winter, but still beautiful. Easy to get to by bus and easy to walk from one temple to the next and then get a bus at the last one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Worth getting to -- much more interesting to us than Ryoan-Ji. Cab is the best mode of travel if you can afford it.

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Perth, Australia
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This temple has amazing rock gardens with the capacity to silence visitors by the absolute calm they convey. There are also some beautiful old and quite new zen paintings - all worth seeing. This is the temple to which Ryoanji belongs and you should do them both at the same time. The rest of the temple is not that special.

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Kelowna, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

wonderful walking tour - lovely inside of temple where shogun met daimyo - local lords. lovely grassy and pool areas to walk about. lovely Sept warm sunny weather two weeks

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New Delhi, India
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Walking along the famed Philosopher's path, there are many temples, and these temples are generally crowded. Now, here is a temple with very few people around, although its just about 15 min detour from the KinkaKuji. The temple is fantastic with huge wooden pagoda like structures. Here one can even find some carvings compared to other temples which hardly have... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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52 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

It's 5 minutes from the golden temple and zen temple, so why not? A larger area with the 5 storey pagoda a highlight. I would like to visit here at cherry blossom time as it has a dedicated garden. You can walk about 5 minutes from here to the tiny train/tram network back to the city.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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109 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The three most important things in business are location, location, and location. Perhaps the same is true for attractions. Probably not a good idea if your first-rate art museum is across the street from the Louvre, or your very historic sports complex is in the shadow of the Colosseum. Poor Ninna-ji! It's at the bottom of the hill. The two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was a great find. The place was virtually empty, and we enjoyed immersing ourselves in what we believe a real temple ambiance should be: quiet, serene, and peaceful. The grounds are beautiful, and the panels inside are detailed and lovely. The five story pagoda is a great photo shot, and plenty of opportunities to take great photos with no... More 

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