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Rinno-ji, Nikko
(3.1/5 based on 190 reviews on the web)
Explore the peaceful spiritual complex of Rinno-ji, built in 766 by a Buddhist monk deep in the mountains. Examine the intricate, ornate structure of the 15 remaining buildings, which hold many interesting artifacts. In the Three Buddha Hall, you'll find statues of Amida, Kannon with a thousand arms, and Kannon with a horse's head. Perhaps the biggest highlights are the serene Japanese gardens: take a seat among the manicured trees and precisely placed stones, and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection. To visit Rinno-ji and other attractions in Nikko, use our Nikko vacation planner.
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  • This is needs quite some time to see the shrine and one must keep 3 hours for seeing the place . Needs quite a bit of walking though but is worth it . At many places one sees wishing slips of visotrs ...  more »
  • The Temple is completely covered by a scaffolding and hoarding building. It is under complete restoration, but you can climb up about five floors or more to look down on the work being done. It is ver...  more »
  • Hondo was the major repairs in March. But you could see the location of the Royal family are tablets enshrined by special admission. Fall foliage in your garden is beautiful, I was impressed.
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  • The entrance costs about 500yens, sadly the temple was being renovated until 2020 for the next Olympics but visiting it is still worth it ! Beware of the stairs.
  • Under renovation. June 2015. Still a lot to see and interesting to vitness how renovation is performed. Lots of other temples in the area as well.
  • As of June 2016, still completely enclosed in a rigid container building.
  • As of January 2013, the main temple is covered in a container building, and the main internal areas are hidden while they undergo conservation work. Still some treasures to be seen on the walk round, but if this is on your "must see" list, wait till renovations are complete. Having said that, there is still a huge amount to see in the complex as a whole.
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