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Rinno-ji, Nikko

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Religious Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • Worth all the steps to see this amazing temple! Would love to revisit in 2020 when the renovations are complete. Beautiful forest setting make this place a stand-out.  more »
  • There were some interesting and beautiful buildings . Unfortunately, we went here after spending most of the day up in Nikko Park. We got to walk around the grounds but didn't have enough time to full...  more »
  • This will probably be wonderful when the renovations are finished, but at the moment there is not a lot to see, apart from peering at the Three Buddhas through a screen. The only plus was that the com...  more »
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  • Under maintenance, really not much to see besides the three huge golden Buddahs. I suggest visitors pass on this until reconstruction work is complete.
  • Difficult to find if you can't read Japanese. It was mostly being renovated when we were there in May, so we didn't actually go inside.
  • 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.