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“Best Temple in Kyoto”
Review of Ninna-ji Temple

Ninna-ji Temple
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Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape
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Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape
Ranked #15 of 1,135 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Ninna-Ji is such a fantastic place to visit that Japanese production crews film tv shows and period films here complete with Shogun warrior armies and generals on horseback (trust me, I've seen it). The grounds are very well kept from the pagoda to the gardens. The ambiance around the place feels solemn and there is a reverence in the air. I highly recommend visiting this place along with Kiyomizu (the two best temples in Kyoto).

Thank Justin S
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

There's a lot to see here, but it's all spaced quite far apart so the complex is quite big to walk around. What did attract me about this, though, was the miniature version of the 88-temple route on Shikoku. I didn't see it, however, because I got lost on my way here and ended up walking around a lot before a helpful old lady took me here. I was too tired to walk around a lot... I did enjoy what I saw and I recommend it to anyone, but only if you're in the vicinity.

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Ninna-ji complex is located not far from the famous Gold Pavillion and thus is often missed by tourists, but it is a srtongly recommended place. It is also well-known for its cherry garden, but even if you miss the period of its blossom, you will enjoy the place. Go inside the main palace and enjoy the painted sliding walls, they are wonderful. The territory is big and well-kept. Remember to see the five level pagoda, it is 36 metres high.

Thank swallow2
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Reviewed May 26, 2012 via mobile

Ninna-Ji is one of my favourite temple in Kyoto. It looks simple and yet majestic. We felt so peaceful that we spent a whole afternoon relaxing and even took a short nap within the temple. A great place to meditate, think about life & sleep.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012 via mobile

Not to worry,if you missed the main bloom of cherry trees head to this temple. Armies of low beached trees are on the left of the temple entrance. Keep going,you will see a wonderful pagoda on your right and straight ahead a marvelous old temple. There are also huge purpleazaleas here and there,the only ones I saw in Kyoto. The palace to thelefy of the main gate is brilliant. The kind monks wll give you slippers and send you down the hall to view some very lovely screens. Just so you know,there is a rank of taxis outside so if tired just hail one.

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