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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 #12 of 381 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This attraction was a bit farther and it is bigger that the other temples. There is a huge door and a tall pagoda inside totally worth seeing. We took a stroll in the peaceful garden, it was not crowded which allowed us to take all the pictures we wanted. I really liked it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I still do not understand why so few tourists venture to Ninna-ji. I fell in love with the place on my first visit almost ten years back, and I have been back every time I come to Kyoto, bringing friends and family along. Ninna-ji is just West of Ryoan-ji, and can be accessed by bus or on foot from there.... More

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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You will learn how the Shoguns came to this place - more like a sprawling palace. Your tour guide will explain where meetings are held, and where the ladies would stay. I like the sound the boards make while walking. Pay attention to it. Walk around the Zen garden.

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Cologne
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The place has it all: nice temples, buildings, impressive gates and the five story pagoda as well as a beautiful zen garden. I really enjoyed my stay and felt drawn to meditate there even though that this is usually not among my hobbies.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We arrived late in the afternoon, and there were literally only a handful of people in the whole complex. Being able to walk thru the fantastic Meiji era housing complex in silence - save for the creaking of cedar flooring - and take photos without interruption or other tourists in them made this a real gem of a spot to... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was the last stop we made after visiting Kinkakuji and Ryoanji temples. We came here to see the 5-story temple at no charge.Crowds are reasonable, making it a more pleasant visit. There are active monks living and working on this large property with many structures. They are doing restoration work.

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was one of my favourites. Nice, quiet temple and you got to walk around more than in most others.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Imposing entrance ,a long way to the treasure hall but was closed. The unique feature of this temple is the five storey pagoda. It also has some wonderful paintings on the walls on display This too is a world heritage site ,if one wants to visit ,it can be done after kinkakuji,but make Sure you take the bus coz it's... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Liked this place because it was significantly less crowded than the other two temples in the area. The go-den was also very pleasant and serene.

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Kamakura Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Ninnaji is a "Real" temple not just a tourist attraction, which makes it more attractive in my book as many UNESCO temples in Kyoto have sold out to mass tourism, to make a buck.

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