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Ninna-ji Temple

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Address: 33 Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8092, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 754611155
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

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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Beautiful, Peaceful Historic Temple

Ninnaji is situated close to some very famous Kyoto temples which draw large crowds, yet this one seems to be neglected by the group tours. That's a big advantage in our opinion... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Raymond W
Chengdu, China
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Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ninnaji is situated close to some very famous Kyoto temples which draw large crowds, yet this one seems to be neglected by the group tours. That's a big advantage in our opinion, as you will largely have this sprawling and beautiful complex to yourself. There is a lot to see here too: a villa which has tatami mats and mural... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple is not as crowded as the big ones, which makes it a very pleasant stroll in the garden and in the temple itself. This is one of my favorites in Kyoto, because its quiet, not so crowded and so beautiful! Definitely a must see!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank ShaneABurke
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Tracey T
Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 August 26, 2016 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 August 25, 2016

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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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.