Ninna-ji Temple
Ninna-ji Temple
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsReligious Sites
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Neighborhood: 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.
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Dicky S
12 contributions
Jan 2020
Everybody would be rushing to Kinkakuji Temple down the road, but I have to say this temple was the nicest temple experience we had.

This was due to the expansive temple grounds and lack of people rushing about. You could take your time here, stroll around and really appreciate the beauty of the place. There wasn't any cordons which means you could get up close and admire the designs and thought put into each building.

Really recommended if you want the true temple experience in Kyoto.
Written February 3, 2020
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan14,141 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
In Kyoto there are too many worthy things to see. Ninnaji, designated as a world cultural heritage, is also one of them. The head of this temple used to be a member of the imperial family, and that is why their buildings are like those of a palace. In spring, many people come here for cherry blossoms viewing.
Written January 6, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,903 contributions
Oct 2021
I stopped at Ninna-ji Temple on my way to Kinkakuji. There are two sections to this complex a paid section and free section. I honestly wouldn't recommend paying the ¥500 for the paid portion as the free portion is more interesting. The grounds are beautiful and the pagoda was very impressive. The main gate to enter the temple complex was massive. I wouldn't say this is amongst my favorites in Kyoto, but it is well worth a visit especially if you are in the area headed toward Kinkakuji.
Written October 1, 2021
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,360 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
This was my second visit to Ninna-ji and it was just as lovely this time. It was full of old people being shown around in groups by priests and had a lack of other tourists so that was nice too. I love the pagoda and the grounds plus of course it has a beautiful pink gate...I've not seen one of those anywhere else in Japan. On this day there were also stalls with local pottery and food items. It was a breath of fresh air compared to other temples in Kyoto. Well worth the trek to get here in my opinion.
Written January 11, 2020
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK132 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed the opportunity to look inside the pagoda itself. However, you can do that Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple for free, and that experience was entirely otherworldly. There are some beautiful buildings here, but by the time I went most of the leaves had died, and these types of buildings can be seen in other, more beautiful places. In short, it is wonderful, as everything in Kyoto is wonderful, but it is outclassed. I wonder how that would change if the leaves were still in bloom. My highlight was seeing I suppose local volunteers helping to remove the weeds from nearby trees - it felt like I was in Animal Crossing.
Written December 10, 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Mar 2023
Plenty of things to do here. If you go in April you may want to go to Omuro Zakura (Cherry Blossoms) as well. I went there on a rainy Tuesday but I still enjoyed it. There weren't as many tourists as in other temples.
Written April 22, 2023
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Mardiawalsh
Dodworth, UK45 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Catch the 59 bus and do the Ninna-ji, Rohana-ji and Golden Pavilion together. The busses come every 10 minutes and follow the route of the temples perfectly. You can buy a bus card for a few hundred Yen and hop on and off all day. You can also use Suica cards. The bus even has English announcements telling you when to get off for the Temples. The temples can be busy, it's very hot in summer but it so worth it. There is a fantastic little cafe doing ice cream at the last Temple, Ninnaji or maybe it just seemed so because it was so hot and we really needed the aircon and ice cream.
Written August 10, 2017
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Tote919
Bangkok, Thailand5,606 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is another huge and very beautiful temple in Kyoto, a World Heritage Site. There are a lot of late blooming cherry trees there. The best time to visit and see the cherry blossoms at this temple is mid April. Suggest you prepare enough time to walk around & emplore the place, at least 1-2 hours.
Written February 9, 2018
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Gunjan Virk
New Delhi, India95 contributions
Apr 2019
When I arrived in Kyoto, cherry blossoms had already finished a week earlier but a friend told me that I could still enjoy cherry blossom viewing at Ninnaji Temple, a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. The temple opens at 9 a.m. and I was already standing in line at 8:30 a.m. Thankfully I was able to enjoy the falling cherry blossom petals without any crowds, and by the time I left about 10:30 a.m., the grounds were so filled with tourists that it would have been literally impossible to get a photo with the cherry trees without being pushed and jostled by the crowd. There was an entry fee of 500 yen to the temple. I took a bus from the JR Kyoto Station to the temple. If you missed cherry blossoms in Kyoto, this is probably the best place to see them. But I don't recommend going to Kyoto just to see late cherry blossoms at Ninnaji Temple.
Written August 21, 2019
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David L
Parsippany, NJ60 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Ninna-ji temple was the last stop of my family's daily itinerary. We visited the famous Gold Leaf Temple. Then, we stopped the Ryoanji. Finally, we decided to end the day at Ninna-ji.

This complex is by far, the best place I have visited in Kyoto. Yes, this is including Kiyo-mizudera, Ginka-Kuji, Yasaka, Nijo, and Kinka-Kuji.

The temple itself is well kept and unlike Kinka-Kuji, there isn't a crowd. It's has very lovely spaces where you can walk around and even sit for hours on end, and there's always something wonderful to look at. It has wonderful small pond with a great view of a pagoda. There are small gardens and even a nice rock garden clearing too. It was so relaxing, that I even found myself dozing off(My nearly 2 year old daughter fell asleep).

It doesn't have the rush rush pace of the tourist attractions that have been previously mentioned because the crowds are not really suffocating at this attraction. It's nice and quiet. In addition, it is a well preserved historical site with pretty decent views. Most importantly of all, it is also relaxing because you can sit here for hours on end. Those are the reasons all of us go on vacation.

Go to Kinka-Kuji first(Yes it's crowded, but you have to see it), and then end the day at this location. You will not regret it.
Written June 17, 2016
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