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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
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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One of the best areas in Kyoto

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 days ago NEW

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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Lisette F
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 3 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a really hot day. Even hotter and more humid than Sydney in summer. The palace was for a small fee and worth every cent. The views out each balcony and the rooms themselves are simply amazing. The grove of cherries and gardens are worth seeing.

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Yosano-cho, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was surprised to see Goten, or a palace, at Ninna-ji temple. Firstly, visitors can enter inside Goten and closely watch each room. Paintings on the sliding doors in each room is beautiful. Each room has different paintings. Some rooms are gorgeous and luxury, but others are simple and calm. Both are beautiful and very Japanese. Secondly, gardens are stunning.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Loved the gardens, the nature and all the buildings. This is a place where you can put your mind at rest. The grand gate is grand indeed. The floorplanks feel soft and gentle under your feet, making a connection with the whole. Fantastic. We missed the temple itself because we were a bit late but it didn't matter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This place was beautiful. First of all, amazingly not crowded at all! Three were so many beautiful scene, we took so much time going through everything. We took way too many pictures for sure! They do let you take pictures of inside. It was so peaceful. This was the last temple we visited of our entire visit to Kyoto and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Ninna-ji temple is definitely one of our favourite temples! We reached the area easily by bus from Kyoto center and then visited this one after having visited Rokuon-ji (the amazing golden pavilion) and Ryoan-ji temple. It had everything visitors might want to see: green garden (though not so green in the winter), zen garden, a beautiful pagoda, the main shrine,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Commenting first on that part of the complex that charges admission, I'm still in awe of the intelligence, patience, and creativity that gave shape to this space. Gorgeous in every aspect, it's inspiring to view from any position. Everywhere one turns, one is greeted by idyllic fusions of living things with those fashioned by skilled artisans. The remainder of the... More 

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Staying in Northern Kyoto

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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.