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Ninna-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Nestled in the hills northwest of the city sprawl, Ninna-ji Temple represents one of the more historically important sites in Japanese Buddhism, recognized as part of a World Heritage Site. Though the surviving buildings date from the early 1600s, they stand on the site of a temple complex founded in the 9th century. Pay a visit to the wooded grounds and wander among cherry trees and past ponds, taking time to marvel at the swooped rooftops, intricate paneling, and ornate carvings that decorate structures like the head priest's residence and main pagoda. Keep in mind that you'll need to pay separate admission fees for some parts of the temple. Plan your Ninna-ji Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyoto using our Kyoto vacation route planner.
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  • Dress comfortable as walking is necessary to see everything on offer. I visited the temple as part of half day tour. Always great with English speaking tour guide and local knowledge/history chats.  more »
  • We combined this visit with a first stop at Kinkaju-ji "Golden Pavillion" and second at Ryoan-ji Temple. One of the few opportunities in Kyoto to see 3 world heritage sites in the same 1/2 day visit. ...  more »
  • This place was really quiet compared to just about every other temple in Kyoto, so that was a definite plus. I though the grounds were lovely. I was there before the sakura had arrived and some of the...  more »
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  • There is a fee of 600 yen per adult to enter the UNESCO heritage listed temple grounds. You'll find there are many lovely buildings to admire within the neatly kept grounds, such as the five storied pagoda and the bell tower. You are only able to view the pagoda and the bell tower from outside however. You'll be given a map of the grounds so you can easily map out how to walk about the temple grounds. The entrance fee will allow you to explore all the grounds and go explore inside the temple (shoes must be taken off).
  • Lovely cherry blossom spot, but the rest of the shrine is fairly boring. The Golden Shrine next door is much more beautiful. Also, transportation to this area through the bus system is cumbersome via the bus lines.
  • Beautiful and underrated temple. The grounds are quite large, with some impressive buildings and a beautiful 17th-century pagoda as the main attraction. The grounds are far less crowded than other "top 10" temples/world heritage sites in Kyoto, which allows for some great photos any day of the week. I recommend arriving late in the afternoon (3-4pm) so you can watch the bhikkhu perform their late afternoon prayers.
  • A fantastic temple with many lovely sites. The five-storey pagoda rivals that of the Toji.
  • Beautiful quiet spot away from the big crowds. 1000 yen to enter the main palace which has a stunning zen garden and nice art makes it worth every bit. Many more temples amongst the grounds are free to wander around in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.