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Ninna-ji Temple

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Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Kyoto 616-8092, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-461-1155
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Incredibly calming setting

Fantastic garden setting as good as other top-rated temples in tourists' to-do list. There was no crowd at all when we were visiting, unlike Kinkakuji that we visited earlier in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fantastic garden setting as good as other top-rated temples in tourists' to-do list. There was no crowd at all when we were visiting, unlike Kinkakuji that we visited earlier in the morning. So I enjoyed the time and space taking photos, relax a bit, enjoy the scenery. Highly recommended. My 3 & 4 years old children were affected by the... More 

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly peaceful. For me, this place was the least overrated temple I've been to. I was able to take my time enjoying the view without getting displeased with the number of people. At one point, I was able to relaxly sit on the wooden floors (in Goten) which was overlooking the garden, just gathering my thoughts.

Thank Joy M
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ended up visiting this temple by fluke as after looking up Tripadvisor comments I was in no mood to affront hordes of tourists on a Sunday at another popular temple. Double fluke actually as I had just discovered I got my dates mixed up and had gained an extra day in Kyoto. Spent three hours here and only saw two... More 

Thank Stefan T
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple has an amazing natural setting as most of them do in Japan. The beautiful temple structure sits in total harmony with its natural landscape and is a sight for sore eyes. Totally worth it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This temple is one of three UNESCO cultural world heritage sites on east of kyoto , taking about 40 minutes ride on public bus from kyoto main station, this temple is on the last stop point, the goten(palace and japanese garden ) are most recommended to visiy, and the temple surroundings are very scenic , especially in autumn with red... More 

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Siem Reap, Kyoto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ninna-ji is famous for so many important buildings. What I really like is walking through the grounds in April and taking in the cherry blossoms. I was just there last week and the Goten Palace as having an event. It was great to watch how the old bulidings are still perfectly suited to modern events and lifestyles. The 5 story... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

best atmosphere. more time is need to stay. take a seat in open passage to dry garden a little. very peaceful place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Bring a comfortable set of shoes and check out the large area alot of picture perfect moments i was lucky enough to catch Buddhists at the end of the day going to each gate and offering their prayers.

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Inhassoro, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

As i walked closer and realized the size of the main gate, and all the woodwork there i was in awe. After the gate was the pagoda that took my atention, an absolutely gorgeous building. The gardens were also very green and relaxing. Worth the visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I have been 2 times at 2013 and 2014 respectively. Luckily, at 2014, the sakura (cherry blossom) which planted in Ninna-ji Temple flowered during my stay. Since this type sakura flowered at the end of season normally. The tree is man height and you can feel all sakura around you very closely. Other than that,mm the temple and buildings are... More 

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Northern Kyoto
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.