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Beautiful Japanese maples

This temple is a short distance from the Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama Park on the way to the Gion-in... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2018
Jeffrey D
Starkville, Mississippi
Wonderfully Quiet Temple

For a temple on the Arashiyama walking trail, beyond the bamboo forest, Nison-in is wonderfully... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2017
Penang, Malaysia
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Jun 2, 2018
“Beautiful Japanese maples”
Mar 13, 2017
“Wonderfully Quiet Temple”
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27 Saganisonin Monzenchojincho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8425, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-0687
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Reviewed June 2, 2018

This temple is a short distance from the Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama Park on the way to the Gion-in and Daikaku-ji Temples. The approach walk is flanked with beautiful Japanese maples that purportedly put on a spectacular show of colors in the autumn. The temple...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2017

For a temple on the Arashiyama walking trail, beyond the bamboo forest, Nison-in is wonderfully peaceful. It doesn't have anything particularly stunning-- nothing compared to Kinkaku-ji for example, but it has the atmosphere of serenity, which made it stand out in its own way. There...More

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Reviewed February 6, 2017

Not impressed by the temple, garden or the Buddha structure. Many other temples in the vicinity to suit your tastes, whatever they might be.

Thank ECWorld
Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

There are 2 main Buddha statues in the temple. Usually, a temple has 1 main Buddha statue and 2 assistant Buddha statues. However, it has 2. So, a name of this temple means "Two Hollies Temple". A right one is Shaka who send the people...More

Thank Satoshi Y
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

The joy of Nison-in is that nobody really seems to know about it. Most of Arashiyama's tourists never get much farther than the end of the Bamboo Forest, meaning places farther into the mountains are all but forgotten. I talked to some of the staff...More

Thank RebeckaW52
Reviewed October 22, 2015

If it wasn't under construction it might be lovely... But the overgrown gardens leave a lot to be desired. Still, I'd rate it average because it lies exactly in the middle of my experiences in Japanese temples! If you're there, stop by, but don't make...More

Thank Emily L
Reviewed April 29, 2015

We stopped here on our tour of temples in Arashiyama and were underwhelmed. Despite being charged 500 yen, there were not signs in Japanese or English that warned about the main hall being completely inaccessible due to construction. The famous pair of statues were visible...More

Thank Calvin K
Reviewed March 30, 2015

We passed this quiet and seemingly unassuming temple on the way to another and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful temple nestled in a forest complete with great views of kyoto. Be sure to climb the mountain and take the forest passageway to the...More

Thank Luna_Tsubasa
Reviewed January 26, 2015

A great temple hidden a bit further away from the main touristy spots. Very beautiful temple and surrounding nature, totally worth a 15 minute walk away from the crowds. Don't miss a nice lookout with great Kyoto views, it is a short walk up the...More

Thank sashkello
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Nison-in is one of the many temples in the Arashiyama area. The temple was initiated by Emperor Saga in 834 AD. Nison-in (Temple of Two Deities) got its name because it houses two Kamakura-era Buddha statues (Shaka and Amida).The colours of the leaves were at...More

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