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Ninna-ji Temple

33 Omuro Ouchi, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8092, Japan
+81 75-461-1155
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Ranked #11 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We came to Kyoto the second week of April and most of the cherry blossoms had lost there pedals already. I was disappointed that we just missed them. Then we stumbled upon Ninnaji and the dwarf cherry blossoms! They are the last to bloom and this place has a huge area covered in them. It was beautiful. If you find... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We might have been unlucky during our visit but although the place is nice and most likely has the best cherry blossom garden of all the temples we visited. We did however feel slightly cheated by the fact that two major buildings were being repaired/renovated whilst the full entrance fee was charged. When you take away these two buildings there... More

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This temple is normal if you look for amazing indoors, but the building is nice and the garden is amazing. Every time I look the photos again I think the same: it's like an artistic picture. If I go back to Kyoto I will certainly visit this temple again! Don't hesitate to plan this visit if you have the chance!

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Yokosuka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The complex was big for this temple yet had a comparable number of structures to other temples in Kyoto. The Sakura on site have not begun blooming despite other areas of Kyoto in full view. The walk through temple was nice and allowed pictures, so that was a plus. The depressing part was the renovation, but what was being worked... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I was in the neighborhood and used the TA app to find nearby attractions. That's the only way I knew about Ninna-Ji and I'm so glad I did! While not the top attraction in Kyoto (Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji, did it for me), this is amazing and not crazy crowded. In one place you get a beautiful rock garden, gorgeous art... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

If you want peace and quiet, this is probably it. The whole complex offers a lot to see and is beautiful in its simplicity. While I wonder why it does not have the same recognition as the other more popular temples in Kyoto I must confess to secretly wishing for it to remain under the radar, as it's one of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

To be honest, I feel that Ninna-ji is more picturesque than it's better known counterpart - Kinkakuji (Golden Temple). The grounds are more expansive and the gardens just have so many good angles that it looks different in every picture. What I loved most about it though is that it invites you to just stop, pick a good corner and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

You can walk from Ryoanji to Ninnaji and though it was quite a walk in the freezing rain my visit to Ninnaji was a delightful surprise. As noted on TA, this site is not on many visitors itinerary. However, the blogs of those who have visited piqued my interest. Ninnaji, once a palace that was later converted into a temple... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My plan had been to visit the Golden Pavilion in the morning and then go to Arashiyama in the afternoon, but Kinkakuji took much less time than I had anticipated so I decided to go to Ninnaji because it is sort of on the way to Arashiyama. But I did not expect much, the various reviews were not all that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The leaves of the Japanese maples were turning. It was fairly empty and the only noise was the ringing of the bell. It was a nice walk up the mountain to a shrine that goes by a lot of graves. The lack of people improved my impression a lot.

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