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Ninna-ji Temple

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Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8092, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 754611155
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Ninna-ji is a national tresure and also designated as a world heritage...

Ninna-ji is a national tresure and also designated as a world heritage site. From over a thousand years ago, it has a deep co nection to the imperial family. Then, Ninna-ji is one of most famous temple which known for beautiful cherry blossoms, its wrapping up the end of the season in Kyoto - a town with many famous cherry trees.

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Escape the crowds

A great find and a lot quieter than others sights. A great walk through interesting gardens. Saw gardeners tending lawn with small knives, their attention to detail a marvel. Home... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great find and a lot quieter than others sights. A great walk through interesting gardens. Saw gardeners tending lawn with small knives, their attention to detail a marvel. Home to a five storey pagoda and other great picture opportunities. Wonderful family time for us. Train station outside and plenty of cabs to return to home base.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a little off the beaten track by taxi or bus from the main train station. Well worth a visit as it wasn't very busy even on a Sunday. Lovely place to contemplate. some very pretty paintings in the rooms of the museum. Currently some buildings are under renovation, but you should let this put you off

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is nice but all the area is very very traditional. On the way of the Kiyomizu Dera. A lot of traditional japanese clothes around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a beautiful park in the middle of Kyoto, and this site stands out. The architecture and details are amazing. Like many of the sites in Japan, you could take thousands of pictures from all angles, and this is particularly worthwhile. However, because so many of these temples are in Kyoto and Nara, it gets repetitive quickly, so be sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the unfortunate luck of visiting the temple when it began pouring rain, on top of that the field of cherry blossom trees hadnt blossomed But the pagoda tower is still amazing to view and a nice garden to view, just hope you guys have luck visiting it when its a bit more sunnier. Definitely would look amazing during... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at this temple for a night. First you can check in after 4pm and have to check out by 9 am so they really are getting your money's worth. The morning Buddhist prayer was followed by a talk in Japanese by a monk. This was totally useless. At least get somebody to give a presentation in English if you... More 

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淳信 池, 代表者 at Ninna-ji Temple, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments. We surmise that you have stayed in Omuro Kaikan Hall,a lodging facility of our temple. Please accept our sincere apology for any inconvenience that may have caused you in terms of the language, as well as appreciation for your complements on our facility by noting “clean and well kept.” Again, we would like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to visit a tempel area which is stunning but not that crowded go to Ninna-ji. We entered there on Friday around noon and we were almost alone in there. And when you see these tempels just by yourself you can feel their majesticy even more. There is also a garden area which hand a small admission fee... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tower is visible from afar. Several nice buildings are located on the territory of the temple. The tower is most prominent. Overal, it can a nice place walk around. Actually, there is only one really attractive and beautiful place, while looking across a small pond towards the tower. It is worth to see but not mandatory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

This is not for the weary as it is quite a hike up the hill. Bring water. These lose monkeys are just crazy! The people can go in the house and feed the monkeys from the inside. You'll see baby monkeys too. Its worth doing just be careful as you get a sense they are wild animals and must proceed... More 

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淳信 池, 代表 at Ninna-ji Temple, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments. We are pleased to know that you have been to Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama and had a good time there. Ninna-ji Temple is located about 15 minutes by taxi from the Monkey Park or can be reached from Keifuku Kitano Line Omuro Ninna-ji Station, about 30 minutes ride from Keifuku Arashiyama Line Arashiyama... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Wonderful architecture. Great cultural historical site. Big spaces to walk. Shady trees on a hot summer day.

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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.