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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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Well worth the 500Y entry fee this delightful temple is serene and beautiful. The gardens are immaculately prepared (as always) and the small waterfall at the back allows for some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Peter K
Lennox Head, Australia

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Lennox Head, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the 500Y entry fee this delightful temple is serene and beautiful. The gardens are immaculately prepared (as always) and the small waterfall at the back allows for some quiet meditation. Not as popular as some of the more touristy temples and therefore well worth an hour or so of your time.

Thank Peter K
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Usually, the palace area with a nice garden and screen paintings is open to the public (entrance and turn left). The treasure house at further back may or may not be open. Special late bloomer of cherry is famous here (seen up to mid-April). Nice, and not crowded.

Thank Yobeekool
Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Although it rained when I visited, the gardens where still impressive so was worth the visit regardless.

Thank 4mHere2There
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Another beautiful zen garden exuding serenity. Smaller than some but quite lovely and nonetheless inspiring. The pagoda is impressive as well. The grounds have other interesting buildings but everything appeared closed or had nothing inside.

Thank SCKaboom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We started our trip by going to the Golden pavilion and then waked to Ninna-Jim Temple which is about a 20 minute walk. It was good to see but not too exciting. Seemed like more of a working temple than a zen place, so it was good to see something different.

Thank Nmuirhead
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Main reason for this temple to be quiet and underwhelming is the fact that it is under construction and thus not fully accessible during my visit. The complex isn't that big compared to other temples but you can still make some nice pictures there and enjoy the serenity.

Thank Brandon V
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Totally recommended! It is not so crowded and the gardens are breath-taking. you will need though to go in a sunny day. In the Fall the red and yellow of the leafs in the middle of the green pin trees is something unforgettable.

Thank Costin D
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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 

Thank helnor
Guam, Mariana Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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.